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Shimpaku Juniper
Shimpaku Juniper



*Availability Status: In stock & available for shipment after 9/11/2014
*Average Plant Shipping Size: 5" - 8" tall / 6" - 8" wide

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Our Price : $5.95

Product Code: JUNSHI1

Juniperus chinensis 'Shimpaku'

Overall Description

A very 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 multiple uses.

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 sun preferred, 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 to slightly acidic & fertile - well drained. Regular mulchings are very beneficial.
Foliage Color & Texture: Foliage color 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: Rather 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: 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 transplanting.