This uniquely colored cultivar was introduced in 1961 by Monrovia. It is a variation of the species, J. chinensis, a tree that can reach sixty feet tall in its native mountain ranges of northern and central China, which illustrates why it is so naturally cold hardy. The Chinese have grown the species for centuries and produced a number of their own garden cultivars before the plant was "discovered" by the west. The genus Juniperus was classified in 1767, but taxonomic confusion resulted with the introduction of other forms from China that are technically the same species but more accurately subspecies and cultivars. Further cross breeding resulted in a huge array of sizes, forms and colors. The leaves of this juniper are toxic but have been used over the years in certain home remedy ointments. Foliage is repellent to lice, and oils are extracted from the plant and used in traditional insecticides.