Juniperus chinensis x pfitzeriana 'Gold Star'
similar in growth habit to 'Gold Lace'. Nice medium green foliage is brightly tipped in
golden yellow. This gives the plant almost a "frosted" look, almost
like you had dipped each little branch at the very ends in yellow paint. Very
pretty plant - also very hardy. A sport of Pfitzer Juniper that is
excellent for a mid range foundation / hedge type planting. Also works
for accent plantings as well. Golden yellow highlights will fade during winter months, but return again with the onset of warmer weather / temps in the spring.
Has slightly lower growth habit than Gold Lace or Gold Tip Pfitzer........and foliage is much more juvenile, slightly more dense at maturity.
Plant Facts & Specifications
Mature Height: 3 - 4 ft
Mature Width: 4 - 7 ft
Growth rate: Moderate ( 5"-8" avg per yr )
Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade. Best color display in full sun exposure locations.
Soil Preference: Average to slightly acidic & sandy - well drained. Will adapt to wide range of soil conditions - drainage is a must. Mulching recommended.
Foliage Color & Texture:
Evergreen - very
typical of most juniper varieties - especially the Pfitzer types.
Slightly more needlelike foliage than either Blue Pfitzer, or Gold Lace.
Color is a good medium green base that is highlighted / tipped in
bright golden yellow. These highlights will fade during the winter
months, but return with the onset of spring & warmer weather.
Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts: None to mention with this particular variety.
Diseases / Insects: Rather
trouble free juniper - both Phomopsis & Kabatina blights have been
observed on specimens if kept too wet for an extended period of time.
Adequate drainage is a must.
Recommended Spacing: No specific recommendations - will depend on the purpose intended.
Deer Resistance Rating: Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance
Fertilization / Feeding: For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend POOPeas
for use with all of our evergreen species.
However, either water soluble ( Miracle Gro, or equivalent ), or
granular fertilizers ( Holly Tone is excellent ) are also good options. Most any granular fertilizers with a 6-12-12, or
10-10-10 ratio are also acceptable. Best to fertilize in early spring,
and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers
during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. POOPeas may be used at anytime.
Additional Features & Characteristics:
Drought Tolerant: This variety has shown itself to have exceptional drought tolerance, and a fairly low water requirement once established.
Handle With Caution: As with many juniper varieties, Gold Star Juniper tends to have a rather prickly foliage texture that can cause minor irritation to skin with excessive contact.