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JUNIPERUS chinensis 'Old Gold'

Image of Juniperus chinensis 'Old Gold'

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Cupressaceae

Botanical Name

JUNIPERUS chinensis 'Old Gold'

Plant Common Name

Chinese Juniper, Old Gold Juniper

General Description

Chinese juniper is a variable evergreen tree or shrub native to China and Japan. A sport of 'Pfitzeriana Aurea', 'Old Gold' is a dwarf shrubby hybrid of Chinese juniper with gracefully arching branches. The bronze gold foliage holds its color well into winter, though it may fade slightly in summer. 'Old Gold' prefers sun and well-drained soil, and is widely used for massing or as a foundation plant.

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

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Width

    3'-5' / 0.9m - 1.5m

  • Native To

    China, Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green, Gold, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Light Green, Gold, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Light Green, Gold, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Light Green, Gold, Bronze

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • 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, Edging, Feature Plant, Foundation, Groundcover, Hedges, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No