Juniperus chinensis 'Old Gold'
has bronze gold foliage which is retained through the winter. Color is
definitely most intense during warmer months, but looks good through
cooler temps as well - better than many juniper varieties. It must be
planted in full sun to maintain its color. Rarely needs pruned as it
doesn't get out of control. A traditional favorite that has proven
itself year after year. Many times, this juniper variety is referred to
as Gold Coast - but more commonly known as Old Gold.
Growth habit is very similar to that of most Pfitzer type juniper, but
much more compact. Uses include foreground plantings, colorful accents,
as well as a low / medium height hedge when spaced about 2 ft apart.
This juniper responds very well to trimming, and can be kept at a
variety of heights & shapes if desired.
Plant Facts & Specifications
Mature Height: 3-4 ft
Mature Width: 4-5 ft
Growth rate: Moderate ( 4"-8" avg per yr )
Hardiness Zones: 4-9 ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone finder below )
Sun Exposure: Full
sun preferred, but will tolerate some partial shade as well. Needs full
sun for good yellow coloration. Growth rate & foliage density will
suffer slightly in shadier spots.
Soil Preference: Average
to slightly acidic & sandy - well drained. Mulching recommended
Foliage Color & Texture: Typical
juniper type foliage similar to most Pfitzer varieties. Can have a
rather prickly feel when touched, and foliage is very aromatic when
rubbed or crushed. Good golden yellow color persists throughout the
warmer months, and deepens slightly to a more bronze / yellow
coloration in very cold climates through the winter.
Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts: Occasional cones have been observed an very mature specimens.
Diseases / Insects:
Rather trouble free juniper variety - however both Phomompsis and
Kabatina blights have been seen on specimens that are kept in overly
moist conditions for extended periods of time, or if soil drainage is
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