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: For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.