Juniperus chinensis 'Saybrook Gold' - Plant Patent #5014
a compact, horizontal spreader with needle-like foliage. Makes a
wonderfully striking addition to most any landscape - good mid-level
foreground planting, or hedge / border planting as well. Responds very
well to trimming, so can be maintained at a variety of heights &
widths. It's foliage is extremely bright
yellow in the summer, more bronze-yellow in the winter. This extremely
brilliant coloration provides a real knockout contrast when mixed in
among darker green species. Must be planted
in the sun for best color display though. By far the most striking of
all the junipers we sell -
cream of the crop.
First introduced by Girard Nuseries.
Plant Facts & Specifications
Mature Height: 2 - 4 ft
Mature Width: 6 - 7 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
preferred, but will tolerate some partial shade as well. Will only
display brilliant yellow coloration when planted in full sun locations
Soil Preference: Average
slightly acidic & sandy - well drained. Mulching strongly recommended.
Foliage Color & Texture: Mainly
needle type foliage is arranged on compact, arching branches. Very poky
& prickly - typical of many J. chinensis varieties. Foliage color
is green with very, very bright yellow newer growth & outer
portions during the warmer months. This bright yellow tones down to a
more bronzish, orange / yellow in very cold climates through the winter.
Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts: None to mention.
Diseases / Insects:
Rather trouble free juniper variety - however, Phomopsis & Kabatina
blights have been observed on specimens, especially if kept in
conditions with too much moisture or inadequate soil drainage.
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.