Juniperus chinensis 'Torulosa'
also referred to as 'Kaizuka' or 'Hollywood' Junipers
very unusual juniper with an upright, somewhat pyramidal shape. Its
foliage is a wonderful bright emerald green, and grows in very
irregular twisted sprays which remain upright - no two are alike!! Retains its color
during the winter ( no bronzing ). Very nice accent plant, and an
interesting focal point in the garden. A very common sight in western
U.S. landscapes - particularly in California. But also now used widely in many other parts of the country, including the southeast......where it has performed quite well in a wide variety of landscape uses.
Has shown itself to have excellent heat resistance, as well as very good salt tolerance. Just a really good, all around juniper choice!!
Plant Facts & Specifications
Mature Height: 10-14 ft ( some specimens have been seen up to almost 18 ft tall )
Mature Width: 4-6 ft
Growth rate: Moderate ( 6"-12" 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. Mulching recommended.
Foliage Color & Texture:
Evergreen - foliage
beautiful emerald green color - color retained year round with no
discoloration at all here in East TN winters. Texture is fairly soft,
with the scale type foliage being rather kind to the touch.
Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts: Cones
small round cones are seen on older, more mature specimens. Cones are
bluish silver in color, and about the size of a large pea.
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
time. Very, very tough juniper with few, if any, problems to speak of at all.
Recommended Spacing: No particular spacing recommendations - spacing distances will vary depending upon the purpose intended.
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: Torulosa Juniper has shown itself to have exceptional drought tolerance, and a fairly low overall water requirement once established
Popular Bonsai Choice: Torulosa Juniper has been known to make a very good bonsai subject due to its interesting twisting type of growth habit.