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Juniperus chinensis var. sargentii has some common disease problems:
Cedar Apple Rust

Juniperus chinensis var. sargentii

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Description

A mat-like shrub, Juniperus sargentii, commonly known as Sargent Juniper, is good for groundcover as it grows in a prostrate form with ascending branchlets to only two feet.  Plants should be spaced 6 to 8 feet apart for spreading.  It resembles the genus in adult scale-like leaves of blue-green and juvenile whorled needle-like leaves.  It is aromatic and evergreen.  The male plants have cones and the female cone is a fleshy blue berry like. It grows best in a sunny location in well-drained average soil.  This plant withstands heat, deer, pollution and is moderately salt tolerant, but is subject to Cedar-Apple Rust disease and root rot in wet areas.  

Details of Juniperus chinensis follow, many of which apply to Sargent.

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#evergreen#full sun#heat tolerant#wildlife plant#fragrant leaves#salt tolerant#low maintenance#air pollution tolerant#playground#food source#deer resistant#children's garden#asian garden#evergreen shrub#gray-green leaves#bird friendly
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#full sun#heat tolerant#wildlife plant#fragrant leaves#salt tolerant#low maintenance#air pollution tolerant#playground#food source#deer resistant#children's garden#asian garden#evergreen shrub#gray-green leaves#bird friendly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Juniperus
    Species:
    chinensis
    Family:
    Cupressaceae
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China, Mongolia, Japan, Himalayas
    Wildlife Value:
    Food source
    Play Value:
    Edible fruit
    Fragrance
    Wildlife Food Source
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Deer, salt, ,air pollution, heat
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 6 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 8 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Prostrate
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    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:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Prickly
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Scale-like gray-green adult leaves, juvenile needle-like in whorls of three. Closely set. Camphor-like fragrance when crushed.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Light Brown
    Bark Description:
    Ridged and fissured peeling in thin strips
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Procumbent stems.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Recreational Play Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Asian Garden
    Children's Garden
    Design Feature:
    Foundation Planting
    Attracts:
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Salt
    Urban Conditions