Juniper: San Jose Latin Name: juniperus chinensis ‘san jose’
The Basics This dense evergreen shrub has upright branches clothed in sharply pointed, bright green needles. Its dark sage-green foliage exudes from a strong, heavy trunk. Its stiff, irregular branching growth habit reaches 1-2 feet tall(6-8 feet wide). This versatile juniper performs best as a low border, groundcover, container plant (bonsai), and topiaries.
The Needs Amount of Sunlight: Thrives in full sun; tolerates shade Amount of Water: Water regularly; more frequent watering in extreme heat; Drought tolerant Soil Conditions: Adaptable to most soils; Prefers dry, well-drained soil; Not tolerant of overly wet soil Cold Hardiness Zone: 4-9
The Care This low-maintenance evergreen needs a regular water schedule to ensure the growth of a mature root system. After the mature root system is established, watering is needed occasionally, except during a drought, watering is needed regularly. Once mature, shearing is recommended annually to maintain desired shape, depending on the plant form.