Juniperus chinensis 'Spartan'
This juniper variety has a fast growing, dense, narrow columnar growth habit - tapers ever so slightly in width from the base on up to the point. Its
foliage is a rich green all year around. Almost could be considered a
"green" version of skyrocket juniper, but it is a tad shorter and just a bit wider
than skyrocket. No trimming or pruning needed - very hardy, tough
plant. FAST GROWING!!!
Works great as a border or privacy screen, also for lining driveways, sidewalks.......or even planting up against buildings & along property lines.
Plant Facts & Specifications
Mature Height: 12-15 ft
Mature Width: 3 - 3 1/2 ft
Growth rate: Moderate to fast ( 10" - 18" avg per yr )
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 & sandy - well drained.
Foliage Color & Texture:
Evergreen - 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 many junipers though.
Slightly softer feel to the foliage.
Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts: Berries - small bluish colored berries commonly seen on more mature specimens
Diseases / Insects: Rather
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
Recommended Spacing: 3 ft apart recommended for privacy screen / barrier
Deer Resistance Rating: Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance
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.