Juniperus chinensis 'var. sargentii'
Sargent's Juniper foliage
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Height: 24 inches
Spread: 8 feet
Hardiness Zone: 4
A highly regarded, low growing evergreen, with dusty bluish-green needle-like foliage and showy blue berries; very wide and sprawling; ideal when massed as a groundcover in sunny dry locations, a favorite of garden designers
Sargent's Juniper has attractive bluish-green foliage. The scale-like leaves are highly ornamental and remain bluish-green throughout the winter. It produces blue berries from late spring to late winter. The flowers are not ornamentally significant.
Sargent's Juniper is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.
This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Sargent's Juniper is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Sargent's Juniper will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.
This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.