Chinese juniper is a variable evergreen tree or shrub native to China and Japan. The needle-like or scale-like leaves are green to blue-green and usually hold their color in winter. The small, berry-like fruit (on female plants) ripens from whitish blue to dark brown. Chinese juniper prefers full sun and well-drained soil. Many of its cultivars are common in gardens, where they are used for screening, windbreaks and hedging. (info source: Learn2Grow.com)
Genus - Juniperus
Species - Chinensis
Common name - Chinese Juniper
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 4 - 9
Height - 2'-60' / 0.6m - 18.3m
Spread - 6'-20' / 1.8m - 6.1m
Plant type - Tree
Vegetation type - Ornamental evergreen
Exposure - Full sun
Growth rate - Medium
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Loam, sand, well drained
Water requirements - Average
Landscape uses - Container, Edging, Feature Plant, Foundation, Groundcover, Hedges, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
Germination rate - 60%
Leaf / Flower color - Green / --
|Germination||1. Place your juniper seeds in a plastic container of water and leave them to soak for at least 12 hours.|
2. Remove the seeds from the water and make a tiny nick in each seed, using a sharp knife. This process is termed scarification and is an important step towards germination.
3. Plant the seeds in trays. Place each seed in a 3/4-inch deep depression in the soil. Cover the seeds with potting soil, but don't compact the ground over them. Keep the soil in the potting trays moist.
4. Place mulch over the seedlings.
5. Cover the mulch with grit to dissuade moss and algae from growing over the potting soil.
6. Keep the seeds at a temperature of 39F (+2-+4C) for 3 months and then transfer them to a room with a temperature of 70F/-+20C. This process is termed stratification and the seeds will begin to germinate at this warmer temperature.
7. Keep the seedlings in a shaded area for the first year of their lives. There will be sporadic germination of these seeds over a two to three-year period. It is important to realize that each individual seed from the same pod has its own degrees of embryo viability. Certain seeds will germinate at once, while others will go into a dormant state. Seeds also have "chemical locks" that degrade to allow germination at different times. These mechanisms afford the tree the best chance at survival, so don't be concerned if not all of your seeds germinate at the same time.
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