Juniperus chinensis ‘Kaizuka’

Hollywood juniper

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

Juniperus chinensis 'Kaizuka' makes a striking specimen in the garden because of its upward twisting growth habit and its spreading, dense, irregular growth. This evergreen conifer has blue-green cones and a combination of juvenile and adult foliage. It also has scale-like vivid green leaves and produces many glaucous berries. Junipers are among the toughest plants for the landscape and this one is no exception. Once established, the Hollywood Juniper is very drought tolerant and may actually suffer with too much water. It is also salt tolerant so makes a good selection for the seaside. It looks good when combined with low growing groundcovers such as Viburnum davidii or Cotoneaster adpressus 'Little Gem'.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: columnar conifer

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 30 ft. 0 in. (9.14 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 to 9

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: orange, burgundy, gold

Great Color Partners: dark green, blue

Culture Notes
This tough juniper grows best in well-drained or sandy soil, although it will tolerate clay if the drainage is adequate. Plant in a full sun location; in very well-drained or sandy soils it can tolerate open or light shade. Once established it is completely drought tolerant. It has a naturally graceful form that can be ruined if it is not pruned well. Consult an experienced pruner or take local classes before attempting to prune. To reduce the need for pruning place in a location with ample space.