• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast growing; reaches 15 ft. tall, 10 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Easy Care Plant
    Conifer; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:ju-NIP-er-us chi-NEN-sis
    Plant type:Conifer
    Growth habit:Spreading
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast growing; reaches 15 ft. tall, 10 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms: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)
  • 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. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates mild drought. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune as needed 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.
  • History & Lore
    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.