• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow growing; reaches 1 to 2 ft. tall, 6 to 9 ft. wide, in natural form.
    Key Feature:
    Year-round Interest
    Blooms:
    Conifer; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:ju-NIP-er-us chi-NEN-sis
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growing; reaches 1 to 2 ft. tall, 6 to 9 ft. wide, in natural form.
    Foliage color:Gray-green
    Blooms:Conifer; prized for foliage.
    Design IdeasHere is a very easy, low growing plant that fills a dozen uses. A super groundcover for slopes or large borders. Its beauty is revealed when trained as an Asian garden bonsai or topiary form and planted in a lovely, square ceramic pot. Ideal for cascading over the edges of raised planters or to grow around hillside rocks and boulders. Excellent in small city gardens for evergreen sculptural quality.
    Companion PlantsBarberry (Berberis); Rose (Rosa); Clematis (Clematis); 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 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. Prune annually to shape.Pruning time: summer.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    J. chinensis is native to northeast Asia, including China, Mongolia, Japan, Korea and parts of Russia. 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.