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Question: I planted seagreen juniper as a foundation plant . It has gotten so big that is has taken over walkway. Can I cut this back to a reasonable size or do i need to remove it. Also, what evergreen would be suitable for planting at foundation that would not get too big?

Answer: Sea Green Juniper (Juniperus chinensis 'Sea Green') is a semi-vase shaped, compact grower with graceful, arching branches and bright green foliage. It usually reaches a maximum height of 4-6', with a spread 6-8'. With some careful pruning you should be able to reduce both the height and the width of this plant. Start at the bottom of the plant, reducing the length of individual branches by one-third or less, alternating the length so it looks natural. Continue up the plant, reducing at random lengths (but never more than one-third). If you're careful you'll end up with a smaller shrub yet one that looks as though it grew that way naturally.

If you'd rather just replace your juniper, you might consider Kallay Pfitzer Juniper
(Juniperus chinensis 'Pfitzeriana Kallay'), which is a vigorous grower with dense, bright green foliage. It grows to a height of 2-3', with a spread of 4-6'.

Best wishes with your landscape.

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