Green Columnar Juniper
Green Columnar Juniper
Juniperus chinensis 'Hetzii Columnaris'Item #4750 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9
An attractive, upright, pyramidal form highlighted by crisp bright green foliage on dense, tight branches. Prized for its versatility, it works well as an evergreen screen or background planting, in natural form, or shaped. An excellent specimen for topiary use in formal gardens. Well-suited to containers.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Fast growing; reaches 15 ft. tall, 5 ft. wide, in natural form.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:ju-NIP-er-us chi-NEN-sisPlant type:ConiferDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:PyramidalGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Fast growing; reaches 15 ft. tall, 5 ft. wide, in natural form.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Conifer; prized for foliage.Design IdeasThis is a super windbreak plant when lined in a tight row. When slightly separated, its staccato repeats create an architectural divide. This column of green foliage is available in spirals and poodle columns that are perfect in formal gardens or, best of all, as potted specimens. Also, you can let them grow naturally and gradually shape as you see fit. Perfect for Persian-inspired courtyard gardens when used as a matched set of four at the corners of a large tiered fountain or central plaza. A good choice for bringing two-story walls down to a more human scale.Companion PlantsMaiden Grass (Miscanthus); Rose (Rosa); Catmint (Nepeta); Russian Sage (Perovskia); Barberry (Berberis)
- CareCare InformationHighly 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.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory:This columnar shaped cultivar was introduced in the 1940s by Fairview Nursery of Pennsylvania. It was selected by Neil R. Heitz from seedlings of its parent species, J. chinensis, which is native to China in mountains collected at the 10,000 foot elevation. The Chinese have gown the species for centuries and produced a number of cultivars before the plant found its way to the west in the 16th or 17th centuries. This produced a huge array of sizes, forms and colors within the species. There are over sixty other species in the genus Juniperus classified in 1767 by Linnaeus, inspired by its place of origin.
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