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Spartan Juniper  
Juniperus chinensis  'Spartan'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 3b-9b  Find Your Zone



Special Attributes

Need a tall privacy screen but have limited space to work with? The Spartan Juniper might just be your plant. It grows quite fast (up to 18 inches a year) and has an upright, narrow columnar growth habit that tapers toward the top. Guess you could say it has a shape much like the Washington Monument. It's a handsome evergreen conifer with beautiful, dark mint green foliage year round with no winter discoloration. Texture is very similar to that of Torulosa Juniper, though with a slightly softer feel to the foliage. No trimming or pruning needed to keep its dense form. A very tough but handsome plant!




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing up to 15 feet tall with a narrow width to only 3 to 4 feet, the Spartan Juniper is ideal for use as a privacy screen or hedge where space is limited. Also effective to fill narrow spaces in home foundation plantings or as a specimen anywhere in the sunny landscape. A fine addition to conifer gardens, rock gardens and the Xeriscape (low water needs).

Spacing:  3' for solid hedges and privacy screens;  8' or more for space between plants



Cultural Preferences

As with most other conifers, Spartan prefers a well-drained soil and as much sun as you can give it. It is exceptionally drought tolerant and low maintenance. No pruning is necessary, however can be trained into spiral and poodle tier topiary. We've seen no notable insect or disease problems and deer don't like it.




Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to get helpful advice from our experts on how to plant, fertilize, prune and water Juniper trees.






Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 4a-9b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Coniferous Evergreen Shrub / Tree
Height at Maturity:  14-15'
Width at Maturity:  3-4'
Spacing:  3' for solid hedges; 6'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Upright, Columnar
Growth Rate:  Fast
Flower Color:  None
Flower Size:  NA
Flowering Period:  NA
Flower Type:  NA
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Rich Green
Fragrant Foliage:  Yes
Berries:  Yes, small
Berry Color:  Blue-Green
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun
Water Needs:  Very Low when established
Soil Type:  Clay(amended), Loam, Sandy, Silty
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist
Soil pH:  5.5 - 7.5 (Moderately Acid to Slightly Alkaline)
Maintenance / Care:  Very Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Dry Soil, Heat, Insect



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