Juniper: Shimpaku Latin Name: juniperus chinensis ‘shimpaku’
The Basics This evergreen is recognized for its soft, bright green foliage and stunning red-brown bark. It has a naturally irregular vase shape growth habit reaching 12 inches tall (3-5 feet wide). Ideally used as groundcover and bonsai due to its highly flexible branches.
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; Salt tolerant Cold Hardiness Zone: 3-9
The Care This easy-to-grow 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.