• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 3 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Colorful and Carefree
    Blooms:
    Conifer; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:ju-NIP-er-us
    Plant type:Conifer
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 3 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Yellow
    Blooms:Conifer; prized for foliage.
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Contemporary
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasThis beautiful evergreen is an extremely useful cold hardy shrub for dozens of applications. Use as a high winter color foundation plant at building walls or along fence lines. Excellent backgrounder for perennial borders. Use gold coloring to add zest to shrub beds and mixed island plantings in lawns. Makes a strong color statement in larger landscapes with long range visibility. Excellent for informal hedges at challenging locations such as driveways, sidewalks, curbs and parkways.
    Companion PlantsBarberry (Berberis); Rose (Rosa); Clematis (Clematis); Catmint (Nepeta); Russian Sage (Perovskia); Speedwell (Veronica)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Highly adaptable and easy to grow in most well-drained soils; avoid overly wet conditions. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates mild drought. Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: fall.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Discovered in Visalia, California by Monrovia plantsman Jose Santoya, the new and distinct Juniper x pfitzeriana 'Monsan' is characterized by its compact, low growing, outwardly spreading, recumbent and rounded habit with lacy leaves that are initially yellow and become yellow-green in color with development; and tolerance to low temperatures. As compared to the cultivar 'Aurea Improved', the differences are: 1. Developing leaves of plants of 'Monsan' are yellow in color whereas developing leaves of plants of 'Aurea Improved' are more yellow green in color. 2. Fully expanded leaves of plants of 'Monsan' are yellow green in color whereas fully expanded leaves of plants of the cultivar 'Aurea Improved' are light green in color. Juniperus x pfitzeriana 'Monsan' was issued U.S. Plant Patent #17,622 in April, 2007.
    Lore:
    In the earliest times, prehistoric people lived in or near Juniper forests that provided them with food, fuel and wood for shelter and utensils. Juniper berries require three years to become fully ripe, the age when they are harvested for the oil used in various preparations and cosmetics. Berries are the primary flavoring agent in gin. Pfitzer Juniper is a cross between Juniperus chinensis and J.sabina. Juniperus chinensis is native to Northeast Asia, while J.sabina is native to the mountains of central and southern Europe and Western and Central Asia. Both are old world species.