Juniperus chinensis x pfitzeriana 'Gold Tip'
very tough, versatile variety of Pfitzer juniper, which is one of most
widely used of all junipers in countless landscape applications. Growth
is quite similar to that of standard, traditional Green Pfitzer, with slightly arching
branches which are a nice bright green lightly tipped in yellow / gold.
Gold tipping is most pronounced during the growing season, and fades to
almost a solid green color in winter months. Withstands a variety of
soil, and harsh conditions - but as with all junipers, does not like
excessively moist / wet areas. Prefers full sun, and has a moderate
growth rate. This juniper has even been kept trimmed & used as a
hedge row, or planted along the front of fences, or buildings - responds very well to trimming / shaping.
Plant Facts & Specifications
Mature Height: 4-6 ft
Mature Width: 6-9 ft
Growth rate: Moderate ( 6"- 10" avg per yr )
Hardiness Zones: 4-9 ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone finder below )
Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade. Best color display in full sun exposure locations.
Soil Preference: Average to slightly acidic & sandy - well drained. Mulching recommended.
Foliage Color & Texture: Foliage
is very typical of most juniper varieties - especially the Pfitzer
types. 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
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.
Fertilization / Feeding: Either
water soluble ( Miracle Gro, or equivalent ), or granular ( Holly Tone
is excellent ). Other granular types with 6-12-12, or 10-10-10 ratio is
acceptable. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall -
avoid feeding during hot summer months, and directly after