Juniperus chinensis 'Torulosa'Item #4870 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9
The artistic appearance of the rustic, twisted form makes this a useful accent. Does particularly well in coastal environments. Easily adapts to specially trained topiary shapes. Evergreen.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:ju-NIP-er-us chi-NEN-sisPlant type:ConiferDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:SpreadingGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Fast growing 15 ft. tall, 10 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Conifer; prized for foliage.Design IdeasNamed for its popularity in Los Angeles gardens, this twisted upright beauty is very cold hardy. Its unique form and deep green color is striking against peach or white stucco walls. Use at entries and to mark gateways, and it is very attractive in conjunction with wrought iron gates. Grow on the corners of your house or between windows. It can be lined up in an informal hedge, but this spoils its drama as a single specimen and will not have the manicured appearance of a true hedge. Perfect for Mediterranean, Santa Fe, and Asian inspired gardens.Companion PlantsBarberry (Berberis); Rose (Rosa); Catmint (Nepeta); Russian Sage (Perovskia); Maiden Grass (Miscanthus)
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: summer.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- History & LoreHistory:The first twisted juniper was imported from Japan in 1920 when it was known as 'Kaikusa' and later renamed by Alice Eastwood of California. It is an Asian cultivar of the species J. chinensis, which is a forest tree of considerable size in its homeland. Unique forms were selected by the Chinese in antiquity producing dozens of colors and forms. Most were not "discovered" by the west until contemporary times.