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Juniperus chinensis 'Iowa' (Chinese juniper)

Juniperus chinensis 'Iowa' Photo/Illustration: Todd Meier


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Juniperus chinensis 'Iowa' joo-NIP-er-us chin-EN-sis Common Name: Chinese juniper 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.
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 Winter Interest, Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Shrubs

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