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Holbert Chinese Juniper Juniperus chinensis 'Holbert'

Description

Holbert Chinese juniper is a blue needled male cultivar shrub in the Cupressaceae (cypress) family. Holbert is a large tough shrub that thrives in heat and dry soil and does well on banks. It can grow to 12 feet wide and 6 feet tall. The needles maintain a gray to blue color year-round. The branches grow horizontally, giving it a layered appearance.

Plant in full sun in poor, dry and well-drained soils. Use this plant in problem areas, on banks and to add winter interest. It is heat and drought-tolerant. Give this plant plenty of room to spread and avoid pruning, as new growth will often not appear on old wood.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No significant problems

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Juniperus
    Species:
    chinensis
    Family:
    Cupressaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Asia
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 6 ft. 0 in. - 12 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Horizontal
    Multi-stemmed
    Spreading
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    This is a male plant so no fruit
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    No flowers
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Needles
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Needles are awl-shaped (juvenile) to scale-like (adult)
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Stems are green to coppery in color
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Pool/Hardscape
    Rock Wall
    Slope/Bank
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Erosion
    Heat
    Poor Soil
    Urban Conditions