Juniperus chinensis 'Spartan' Overall Description
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 POOPeas
for use with all of evergreen species.
However, either water soluble ( Miracle Gro, or equivalent ), or
granular fertilizers ( Holly Tone is excellent ) are also good options. Most any granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or
10 - 10 - 10 ratio are also acceptable. Best to fertilize in early spring,
and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers
during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. POOPeas may be used at anytime.Additional Features & Characteristics:
Drought Tolerant: Spartan Juniper has shown itself to be exceptionally drought tolerant, and have a fairly low water requirement once established.