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Spartan Juniper

Spartan Juniper is a beautiful, fast growing tall column of greenery. It works wonderfully for a windbreak or tall hedge. It grows well in a variety of climates and offers year round interest.

For such a tall evergreen shrub, it requires very little maintenance. Use them to draw attention to an entry or path. They add a lot of visual interest with their dark green foliage.

Native to China, Japan, Mongolia, Korea and eastern Russia, this juniper has been grown for centuries in these areas before being brought to the West. The leaves are used to create lice treatments and insecticides.

Landscaping Ideas

spartan juniper Spartan Juniper looks right at home in a Mediterranean style garden. Use it in narrow places that are difficult to fill. Put them in large pots beside a front door or to line a long driveway. They make excellent topiary specimens.

Pair them up with bougainvillea, lantana or mandevilla for an exotic look. They also look especially nice with pomegranate, olive, rosemary, lavender and yarrow.

If you like the look of Italian Cypress but they don't do well in your zone, try the Spartan instead. If you want winter interest, plant them with English holly and creeping wintergreen.

Plant them close together to form a tall hedge or windbreak. Add them to your borders for some vertical interest.

Planting And Care Tips

Plant Spartan Juniper in a sunny location. Soil must be well drained to keep this plant happy, though they will tolerate almost any other condition. Junipers in general do not like wet roots. Mulch is a good way to keep your junipers happy.

Once the roots are well established this plant is drought tolerant. Pruning is only necessary if you want to shape the plant into a topiary and to maintain the new shape. Pruning should be done during the summer.

This juniper is hardy against many pests and diseases. They are resistant to deer and other wildlife. This is a very low maintenance, easy to care for plant to add to any garden site.

Juniper Information

  • Scientific Name: Juniperus chinensis 'Spartan'

  • Best Soil: Adaptable to many soils; does not like marshy ground

  • Light: Full sun

  • Growth Rate: Fast

  • Foliage: Evergreen; dark green foliage

  • Mature Size and Shape: Grows to 15 feet tall and 3 to 5 feet wide in a columnar shape

  • Pruning: No pruning necessary unless you want to shape it

  • Watering: Drought tolerant once established

  • Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9

  • Spacing: Plant 3 to 4 feet apart for hedge

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