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Gold Strike Juniper

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Gold Strike Juniper (Juniperus chinensis ‘Aurea’)An exceptionally colorful evergreen groundcover shrub, with yellow new foliage that matures to gold over the summer, taking on coral tones in fall; very low growing and very showy; protect from scorching sun

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
6 inches
Average Landscape Width:
3 feet
Growth Rate:
slow
Genus:
Juniperus
Species:
horizontalis
Cultivar:
Gold Strike
Summer Foliage Color:
gold
Fall Color:
coral
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
spreading
Canopy:
closed
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Evergreen:
1

Ornamental Features

Gold Strike Juniper is a dwarf conifer which is primarily valued in the garden for its broadly spreading habit of growth. It has attractive chartreuse-variegated gold foliage which emerges yellow in spring. The scale-like sprays of foliage are highly ornamental and turn coral-pink in the fall, which persists throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Gold Strike Juniper is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

Planting & Growing

Gold Strike Juniper will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. 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 is a selection of a native North American species.

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