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Chinese juniper

Juniperus chinensis 'Iowa'

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This is a slow-growing evergreen shrub with a formal appearance, with its narrow, columnar form and outstanding gray-green foliage. It grows to 15 feet tall and 10 feet wide at maturity. Its growth remains dense as it matures. Silvery-blue, waxy berries are highly decorative.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsUse as specimen tree. May be blight resistant.

CareGrows well in well-drained soil and tolerates a wide variety of types of soils and conditions.

PropagationTake ripe cuttings in late autumn through winter and root in a humid cold frame. Or take softwood cuttings in summer under mist with bottom heat.

ProblemsLeaf miners, bark beetles, scale insects, aphids, mites, and caterpillars. Phomopsis twig blight, Gymnosporangium (cedar-apple) rust, dieback and canker, lesion nematodes, brown felt blight, and various heart and wood rots.

  • Genus : Juniperus
  • Plant Height : 10 to 15 feet
  • Plant Width : 10 to 15 feet
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage, Showy Fruit
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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  1. knoxsiwash 04/25/2016

    Text says "narrow, columnar form", and photo agrees, but Overview says height and spread both 10-15'.

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