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San Jose Juniper Juniperus chinensis 'San Jose'

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jew-NIP-er-us chi-NEN-sis SAN ho-ZAY
Description

'San Jose' is a dense low growing evergreen shrub in the cypress family native to Asia.  It grows in a prostrate, mat-like groundcover with long trailing branches that are spreading and upward reaching. It is 6-8 feet wide at maturity and 1-1.5 feet tall.  The soft needle to scale-like foliage is sage green and attractive year round.  This plant tolerates a variety of conditions such as drought, many types of pH values and soil including clay and rocky soil, but prefers a medium, well-drained soil. It grows best in a sunny location but can take partial shade.  It is resistant to damage from deer, salt, and air pollution while effective in erosion control.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Tip and needle blight can affect this plant.  Cedar-apple rust is an issue for most junipers.  Insure good drainage to avoid root rot.

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#evergreen#drought tolerant#low growing#salt tolerant#low maintenance#winter interest#erosion control#deer resistant#groundcover#gray-green leaves#erosion tolerant#shallow soil tolerant
 
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Tags:
#evergreen#drought tolerant#low growing#salt tolerant#low maintenance#winter interest#erosion control#deer resistant#groundcover#gray-green leaves#erosion tolerant#shallow soil tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Juniperus
    Species:
    chinensis
    Family:
    Cupressaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Ground cover, erosion control
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China, Mongolia, Japan, Himalayas
    Play Value:
    Colorful
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Deer, salt, air pollution
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 6 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Shrub
    Habit/Form:
    Prostrate
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil pH:
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    No true fruits, but female cones are blue, fleshy "berry" looking and edible, often used as a seasoning.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    No flowers, but cones are large and brown and fall apart upon maturity. Female cones are blue fleshy "berry" looking.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Prickly
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Awl-shaped sage-green leaves loosely pressed to the stem. Grown for its foliage.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Patio
    Slope/Bank
    Walkways
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Mass Planting
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Pollution
    Salt