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JUNIPERUS chinensis 'Kaizuka Variegated'

Image of Juniperus chinensis 'Kaizuka Variegated'

James H. Schutte

Family

Cupressaceae

Botanical Name

JUNIPERUS chinensis 'Kaizuka Variegated'

Plant Common Name

Chinese Juniper, Variegated Chinese Juniper

General Description

The twisted, upright form of Juniperus chinensis ‘Kaizuka Variegated’ offers a step up in visual interest from the Hollywood junipers so popular in early Los Angeles bungalow gardens. Old specimens in that city illustrate just how beautiful these plants can be at maturity, despite drought and neglect. The thick, scaled, evergreen foliage of 'Kaizuka Variegated' is rich, dark green in color, and accented by creamy, pale-yellow tips which seem to wind around the twisting stems, providing a unique, visual texture. An additional show of attractive, blue cones is displayed on both male and female forms of this variety.

Juniper ‘Kaizuka Variegated’ grows in almost any type of soil as long as it is sun drenched and well-drained. This variety is notably salt tolerant, making it a good choice as a small-scale windbreak for exposed coastal homesites. It also makes an exceptional single specimen for both naturalistic gardens and spare, modern compositions.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Needled or Scaled Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    15'-25' / 4.6m - 7.6m

  • Width

    10'-15' / 3.0m - 4.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, China, Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Fruit Color

    Blue, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Light Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Light Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Light Yellow

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Exfoliating

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No