Juniper (Juniperus chinensis var. sargentii)

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Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Plant Height: 18 to 24 inches
Plant Spread: 7 to 9 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Suitable Locations: Beach Front
Uses: Provides winter interest
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Stolons and runners
Pollinators: Wind
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

"Juniperus chinensis var. sargentii, 2016, [Chinese Juniper], joo

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Sep 2, 2019 10:38 AM

This variety of the Chinese Juniper was discovered by C.S. Sargent, a famous horticulturist from the Arnold Arboretum in Boston, MA on the coast of Hokkaido, and it is native along all the shores of Japan and on rocky cliffs there. Its needles are mostly scale-like in 3's and are sort of soft and bluish-green. The branchlets are 4-angled and branches have a whip-like appearance. When I have seen this conifer in some landscapes, usually professional ones, in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic of the USA, it usually is a female (pistillate) plant with nice "berries" that are bluish in color. It is sold by some larger, diverse, conventional nurseries, but I have not found it to be commonly planted around where I have lived. It is resistant to Juniper Phomopsis Blight, a fungus that can attack junipers, especially groundcover types, with cool, wet springs. This is one of a whole bunch of East Asian woody plants named after Sargent.

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