Chinese juniper

Juniperus chinensis ‘Shoosmith’

Photo/Illustration: 
Todd Meier
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Chinese juniper (Juniperus chinensis ‘Shoosmith’)
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Genus:  Juniperus
'Shoosmith'  is an evergreen shrub with a broad spreading habit, reaching 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide at maturity. Light-green juvenile foliage and rich dark-green adult foliage on the same plant creates a two-toned effect.
Care:  Grows well in well-drained soil and tolerates a wide variety of types of soils and conditions.
Propagation:  Take 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.
Problems:  Leaf 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.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Type
Shrubs

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