Gerald L. Klingaman
There are around 60 species in the genus Juniperus which are primarily distributed in temperate, often semi-arid regions across the Northern Hemisphere, from Arctic regions to tropical Africa and the mountains of Central America. These tough, adaptable evergreens make valuable landscape specimens, but some also have medicinal qualities and their berries can be used to flavor meats and stews. Some species are known for their hard, fragrant, insect-repellent wood.
Junipers are variable...
Gerald L. Klingaman
An evergreen conifer with a low-branching trunk and a picturesque, rounded, open crown, this large shrub or small tree is native to a narrow range of the south-central United States and northern Mexico.
The aromatic, dark green, scale-like foliage of Ashe's juniper is borne on spreading, gray-brown branches that become shaggy-barked with age. The fragrant, decay-resistant wood was traditionally used for fence posts and cedarwood oil. Female plants bear large quantities of large, dark blue, fleshy...
James H. Schutte
(Ames Juniper, Chinese Juniper)
Super tough yet lush and beautiful, 'Ames' is valued as evergreen hedge material with marked tolerance of drying winds. Its parent is a highly variable evergreen shrub native to much of China where it can reach tree like proportions. The extreme variability of Juniperus chinensis has resulted in many cultivars featuring different growth habits, sizes and colors. Thick scaled leaves of 'Ames' are green, but may take on bronze tones in winter. They are well packed onto upright cone-shaped...
(Armstrong's Chinese Juniper, Chinese Juniper)
The beautiful soft foliage and spreading form of 'Armstrongii' make it an attractive evergreen shrub for the landscape. It dwarf and has prickly juvenile foliage that becomes soft and scaled as it matures. The true identity of this cultivar is under scrutiny. Some maintain it is a Juniperus chinensis cultivar, while others believe it is a pfitzer juniper, which is a Juniperus sabina and Juniperus chinensis cross.
Pfitzer junipers are useful plants with a solid evergreen...
(Chinese Juniper, Golden Chinese Juniper)
Many believe this is the most beautiful of all golden columnar junipers because its foliage is equally bright in summer and winter. Asian in origin, this cultivar was discovered as a branch sport in around 1855 at Maurice Young's nursery, Milford, Godalming, Surrey, England. It has a tall, pyramidal form and prickly scale-like leaves that become stiffer when mature. The sport arose from a male plant, so this is not a berry producing selection.
Chinese juniper prefers full sun and grows in any...
(Blue Point Juniper, Chinese Juniper)
Chinese juniper is a variable evergreen tree or shrub native to China and Japan. Its cultivar 'Blue Point' is a tall, densely branched, teardrop-shaped shrub with blue-green foliage. It prefers full sun and well-drained soil, and is ideal for screening and hedging.
(Blue Vase Juniper, Chinese Juniper)
The upright, vase-shaped form and lovely, light blue foliage of juniper 'Blue Vase' make it an ideal choice for numerous landscape situations. The dense, minty-blue foliage scales of this attractive, evergreen shrub are prickly in youth, but smooth out with maturity. ‘Blue Vase’ is derived from Chinese juniper (Juniperus chinensis), a highly variable species found throughout most of China, whose diversity of form has led to the creation of numerous cultivars of different shapes, sizes...
(Casino Gold Juniper, Chinese Juniper)
Juniper ‘Casino Gold’ forms an upright, spreading fountain of vivid, golden-green foliage, which shines like a ray of sunlight amid the dull shades of the winter garden. Its bright, evergreen color makes this shrub a powerful design tool for enlivening the landscape year-round. ‘Casino Gold’ is derived from Chinese juniper (Juniperus chinensis), a highly variable species found throughout most of China, whose diversity of form has led to the creation of numerous cultivars of different shapes,...