interesting juniper that is most commonly used in bonsai and topiary
applications, but works well in landscaping as well. Nice super green
foliage with a very irregular, low growing vase form with
maturity. Develops an attractive, flaking bark with maturity as
well. Can be used as a lower growing foreground planting. Also looks
fabulous in rock gardens, as well as container growing for bonsai &
topiary projects. Likes average to rich, well drained soil. Loves full
sun, but will take partial shade as well. This is actually a fairly
hard to locate variety of juniper, but has good ornamental value and
Plant Facts & Specifications
--Mature Height: 3 - 3 1/2 ft
--Mature Width: 4 - 6 ft
--Growth rate: Moderate ( 4" - 6" avg per yr )
--Hardiness Zones: 5 - 9 ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone finder below )
--Sun Exposure: Full
but will tolerate some partial shade as well. Growth rate, and foliage
density will both suffer slightly when planted in shady locations.
--Soil Preference: Average
slightly acidic & fertile - well drained. Regular mulchings are very beneficial.
--Foliage Color & Texture: Foliage
is beautiful dark mint green all year round - no winter discoloration noticed
here in East TN. Texture is very similar to that of Torulosa Juniper -
not quite as needle like, or prickly as the vast majority are though.
Slightly softer feel to the foliage.
--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts: None to mention - occasional berry like cones have been observed every once in a while.
--Diseases / Insects:
trouble free juniper variety - however both Phomopsis & Kabatina lights have been observed on specimens if planted in soil with inadequate drainage, or if kept in overly wet conditions for extended periods of time.
--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.