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Chinese Juniper

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An extremely versatile landscape evergreen with countless cultivars in all shapes and sizes; the species is usually a bushy, upright small tree; interesting needle-like foliage and attractive blue berries, quite variable habit, very adaptable

Characteristics

Species:
chinensis
Average Landscape Height:
40 feet
Average Landscape Width:
20 feet
Genus:
Juniperus
Branching:
decurrent
Evergreen:
1
Plant Form:
pyramidal
Canopy:
low
Growth Rate:
slow
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Summer Foliage Color:
green
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Pollution Tolerance:
high

Ornamental Features

Chinese Juniper is primarily valued in the landscape for its distinctively pyramidal habit of growth. It has rich green evergreen foliage. The scale-like sprays of foliage remain green throughout the winter. It produces powder blue berries from late spring to late winter.

Landscape Attributes

Chinese Juniper is an evergreen tree with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

Planting & Growing

Chinese Juniper will grow to be about 40 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America.

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