• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs occasional water; more in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Vigorous grower, quickly reaching 15 ft. tall, 5 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Attractive, Versatile Evergreen
    Blooms:
    Conifer; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:ju-NIP-er-us chi-NEN-sis
    Plant type:Conifer
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Pyramidal
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Vigorous grower, quickly reaching 15 ft. tall, 5 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Conifer; prized for foliage.
    Design IdeasThis is a super windbreak plant when lined in a tight row. When slightly separated, its staccato repeats create an architectural divide. This column of green foliage is available in spirals and poodle columns that are perfect in formal gardens or, best of all, as potted specimens. Also, you can let them grow naturally and gradually shape as you see fit. Perfect for Persian-inspired courtyard gardens when used as a matched set of four at the corners of a large tiered fountain or central plaza. A good choice for bringing two-story walls down to a more human scale.
    Companion PlantsBarberry (Berberis); Rose (Rosa); Catmint (Nepeta); Russian Sage (Perovskia); Maiden Grass (Miscanthus)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Highly adaptable and easy to grow in most well-drained soils; avoid overly wet conditions. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Apply a slow release fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune annually to shape.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs occasional water; more in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This columnar shaped cultivar was introduced in the 1940s by Fairview Nursery of Pennsylvania. It was selected by Neil R. Heitz from seedlings of its parent species, J. chinensis, which is native to China in mountains collected at the 10,000 foot elevation. The Chinese have gown the species for centuries and produced a number of cultivars before the plant found its way to the west in the 16th or 17th centuries. This produced a huge array of sizes, forms and colors within the species. There are over sixty other species in the genus Juniperus classified in 1767 by Linnaeus, inspired by its place of origin.

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