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Juniperus x pfitzeriana 'Gold Coast' is often confused with:
Juniperus chinensis Juniperus chinensis
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Salvia rosmarinus Rosmarinus officinalis
Rhaphiolepis indica Rhaphiolepis indica
Berberis verruculosa Berberis verruculosa

Gold Coast Juniper Juniperus x pfitzeriana 'Gold Coast'

Previously known as:

  • Juniperis chinensis 'Gold Coast'
Phonetic Spelling
jew-NIP-er-us fit-zair-ee-AY-nuh
Description

A hybrid cross between and J. sabina.  'Gold Coast" is a needled evergreen shrub with a slow, compact, spreading growth habit. It has golden needles that are attractive year-round and grows up to 4' high and 4'-6' wide. This plant prefers full sun and moist, well-drained soil. It is pH adaptable, tolerates some shade, and is easily transplanted. It is intolerant of salt and has some pest and disease problems. This plant works well in mass planting, in foundation planting, as a specimen plant, and has a slow to medium growth rate. Its gold color lasts well into winter, particularly in sunny locations. 

Quick ID Hints:

  • Juvenile leaves are awl shaped and golden yellow
  • Adult leaves are scale-like in 4 ranks. They are green to blue-green to gray-green with lighter margin.
  • Produces female cones that are berry-like, tiny, globose, and glaucous.

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Tags:
#gold#evergreen#yellow#full sun#specimen#cones#slow growing#shade tolerant#lacy leaves#low maintenance#winter interest#mass planting#year-round interest#hedges#moist soil#well-drained soil#needled evergreen#foundation planting#rock gardens#fantz#compact habit
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#gold#evergreen#yellow#full sun#specimen#cones#slow growing#shade tolerant#lacy leaves#low maintenance#winter interest#mass planting#year-round interest#hedges#moist soil#well-drained soil#needled evergreen#foundation planting#rock gardens#fantz#compact habit
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Juniperis
    Family:
    Cupressaceae
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Cedar apple rust.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Blue
    Gray/Silver
    Fruit Description:
    Produces cones, not fruits, that are berry-like, tiny, globose, and glaucous.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    Non-flowering
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Leaf Type:
    Needles
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Juvenile leaves are awl shaped and golden yellow. They are 1/3" long and are in opposite pairs or whorls of 3. Juvenile leaves have 2 glaucous bands, a green midrib above, and a spiny apex. Adult leaves are scale-like in 4 ranks. Opposite pairs are closely pressed and overlapping. Adult leaves are short, convex, have a blunt apex, are green to blue-green to gray-green with a lighter margin, and have a glandular depression on the back.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Diseases
    Dry Soil
    Erosion