Chinese juniper

Juniperus chinensis 'Iowa'

Photo/Illustration: 
Todd Meier
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Chinese juniper (Juniperus chinensis 'Iowa')
joo-NIP-er-us chin-EN-sis
Genus:  Juniperus
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 Characteristics:  Use as specimen tree. May be blight resistant.
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
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Spread
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Characteristics
Showy Foliage,
Showy Fruit
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Shrubs

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