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JUNIPERUS chinensis 'Mac's Golden'

Image of Juniperus chinensis 'Mac's Golden'

James H. Schutte

Family

Cupressaceae

Botanical Name

JUNIPERUS chinensis 'Mac's Golden'

Plant Common Name

Chinese Juniper, Mac's Golden Chinese Juniper

Special Notice

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General Description

Juniper ‘Mac's Golden’ forms an upright, spreading column of subdued, golden-green foliage, with blue-green foliage in areas that are shaded from the sun. Its bright, evergreen color makes this shrub a powerful design tool for enlivening the low-maintenance landscape any time of year. ‘Mac's Golden’ 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 and color variations.

Junipers are low-maintenance shrubs which prefer full to part sun and are not picky about soil fertility or grittiness. Good drainage is essential, as they cannot tolerate saturated ground. The striking Mac's Golden juniper may be allowed to grow naturally as a single border specimen, trimmed to a more semiformal shape, or used as an evergreen screen or hedge plant if pruned back to keep it at a lower height.

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

    4'-15' / 1.2m - 4.6m

  • Width

    4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m

  • Native To

    China, Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, 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)

    Blue Green, Gray Green, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green, Gray Green, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green, Gray Green, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Blue Green, Gray Green, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Exfoliating

  • Usage

    Container, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No