Juniperus chinensis 'Old Gold'
has bronze gold foliage which is retained through the winter. Color is
definitely most intense during warmer months, but looks good through
cooler temps as well - better than many juniper varieties. It must be
planted in full sun to maintain its color. Rarely needs pruned as it
doesn't get out of control. A traditional favorite that has proven
itself year after year. Many times, this juniper variety is referred to
as Gold Coast - but more commonly known as Old Gold.
Growth habit is very similar to that of most Pfitzer type juniper, but much more compact. Uses include foreground plantings, colorful accents, as well as a low / medium height hedge when spaced about 2 ft apart. This juniper responds very well to trimming, and can be kept at a variety of heights & shapes if desired.
Plant Facts & Specifications
--Mature Height: 3 - 4 ft
--Mature Width: 4 - 5 ft
--Growth Rate: Moderate ( 4" - 8" avg per yr )
--Hardiness Zones: 4 - 9 ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone finder below )
--Sun Exposure: Full sun preferred, but will tolerate some partial shade as well. Needs full sun for good yellow coloration. Growth rate & foliage density will suffer slightly in shadier spots.
--Soil Preference: Average
to slightly acidic & sandy - well drained. Mulching recommended
--Foliage Color & Texture: Typical juniper type foliage similar to most Pfitzer varieties. Can have a rather prickly feel when touched, and foliage is very aromatic when rubbed or crushed. Good golden yellow color persists throughout the warmer months, and deepens slightly to a more bronze / yellow coloration in very cold climates through the winter.
--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts: Occasional cones have been observed an very mature specimens.
--Diseases / Insects: Rather trouble free juniper variety - however both Phomompsis and Kabatina blights have been seen on specimens that are kept in overly moist conditions for extended periods of time, or if soil drainage is inadequate.
--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.