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JUNIPERUS chinensis 'Kaizuka'

Image of Juniperus chinensis 'Kaizuka'

James H. Schutte

Family

Cupressaceae

Botanical Name

JUNIPERUS chinensis 'Kaizuka'

Plant Common Name

Chinese Juniper

General Description

A cultivar originating from Japan, Juniperus chinensis ‘Kaizuka’, also known as Hollywood juniper, has long been a popular choice for 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' is rich, dark green in color and displayed on irregularly twisting stems, adding visual texture to its upright, architectural form. An additional show of attractive, blue cones is displayed on both male and female forms of this variety.

Juniper ‘Kaizuka’ grows in almost any type of soil as long as it is sun-drenched and well-drained. It is notably salt tolerant, making it a good choice as a small-scale windbreak for exposed coastal homesites. ‘Kaizuka’ responds well to pruning, but is also attractive when allowed to grow into its natural shape. It makes an exceptional single specimen for both naturalistic gardens and spare, modern compositions, and is an ideal candidate for screens and hedges.

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

    16'-25' / 4.9m - 7.6m

  • Width

    10'-15' / 3.0m - 4.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, Central America, 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

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • 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, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No