SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Huntington Botanical Gardens - San Marino, CA, Santa Cruz, CA, Chico, CA and Arnold Arboretum - Boston, MA
Shrub or small tree that can grow taller when managed.
Has fragrant Leaf.
Native to Northeastern Asia.
Trees may be referred to as male or female.
A Juniperus chinensis in Orange is registered as a California Big Tree. It measures 40 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 109 inches and a crown spread of 51 feet.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 20 - 60 feet.
Width: 20 - 25 feet.
Growth Rate: 12 to 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity 40 to 150 years.
Leaves Scalelike, Bluish Green or Silver or Gray Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers in Spring. Has either male or female reproductive parts (dioecious). Trees may be sold as male or female.
Brown or Purple Cone, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Fall or Winter Wildlife use it.
Bark Light Green, Light Gray or Red Brown, Exfoliating, Furrowed or Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 1 - 24.
USDA Hardiness Zones 3 - 9.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Moist to Dry Soil.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.
Salinity Tolerance is Moderate Inland.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Resistant to Texas Root Rot. Susceptible to Beetle Borers and Spider Mites, Armillaria, Root Rot and Rust.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
None Known Health Hazard.
Fire Resistance is Unfavorable.
Desirable Wildlife Plant.
Not Deer Palatable.
Wildlife use Fruit.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Juniperus chinensis Tree Record." 1995-2020. Aug 9, 2020.
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