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Gold Lace Juniper

Gold Lace juniper offers a bright sunny shrub that requires very little care. Plant it in a sunny spot and enjoy the vibrant golden color.

This juniper shrub is easy to grow and matures at a height of 3 to 4 feet tall. It will spread 6 to 8 feet wide, so prepare ahead of time to give it some room.

The feathery looking branches make a wonderful contrast to many typical border shrubs. They also make a nice companion to other junipers. This useful juniper will quickly become a favorite in your landscaping.

Landscaping Ideas

Plant Gold Lace juniper along fence lines or around the foundation. Add them to slopes or banks to prevent erosion. They spread fairly quickly.

This evergreen shrub can be planted as a small hedge to define spaces or to divide yards. Pruning can make it into a formal hedge, but it looks best in an informal shape.

Plant them with other junipers or shrubs in a border. Good companion plants include Icee Blue juniper, the upright Prairie Pillar juniper, the Mist Pink Muhly, and purple fountain grass.

The color and texture contrast is wonderful. Gold Lace juniper is beautiful in a mass planting or as a specimen.

Planting And Care Tips

Gold Lace juniper is easy to care for. Pruning is only required when you have damaged or dead branches to remove. Do this in early spring before the buds emerge or right after any new growth has hardened off.

Don't prune late in the season as the new growth will then be damaged by frost.

This plant is drought tolerant once the root system is established. It appreciates occasional deep watering instead of frequent shallow watering.

Plant in an area where it can spread enough to be comfortable. It likes full sun and will reward you with brighter yellow tips if treated to such a spot.

As with all junipers this one is resistant to deer and rabbits. It fares well in hot dry climates as well as cold wintry ones. Coastal breezes don't bother it either. Mulching after planting will prevent weeds from taking over.

Juniper Information

  • Scientific Name: Juniperus chinensis 'Gold Lace'

  • Best Soil: Widely adaptable

  • Light: Full Sun

  • Growth Rate: Moderate

  • Foilage: Evergreen; Bright green with yellow tips

  • Bloom:

  • Mature Size and Shape: Grows 3 or 4 feet tall and 5 to 6 feet wide in a spreading habit

  • Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9

  • Pruning: As needed only

  • Watering: Once established this plant is drought tolerant; water deeply infrequently the first year

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