Juniperus chinensis 'Torulosa'
|Espoma Bio-Tone Plus Starter Plus||$14.95|
|Treegator Jr. Slow Release Watering Bag||$25.95|
|Mature Height:||15 feet|
|Mature width:||10 feet|
|Classification: Colorful Foliage||Evergreen shrub / small tree|
|Sunlight:||Full Sun to Part Shade|
|Pruning Season:||Prune in late winter before new growth or after new growth hardens off in summer.|
|Soil Condition:||Any well drained slightly acidic soil|
|Water Requirement:||Water well until established.|
|Uses:||Tolerates heat and drought. Will adapt to slightly moist sites.|
Hollywood Juniper Trees for Sale Online
Hollywood Juniper is an upright, medium-sized evergreen with erect branches that have an appealing rustic appearance. Foliage is dense and rich green. Best used as an informal Privacy screen, Buffer Planting, or Windbreak.
Highlight for Hollywood Juniper:
- Twisting, upward-spiraling branches.
- Birds love this hardy, evergreen tree.
- Great choice for coastal gardens due to it's high tolerance to salt spray.
- Popular evergreen tree in California.
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How to use Hollywood Juniper Evergreen Trees
The rustic, twisted form of Hollywood Juniper makes this a useful specimen or accent plant. Hollywood Juniper does particularly well in coastal environments because of its high tolerance to salt spray. Easily adapts to specially trained topiary shapes. Its also a good choice for privacy borders, wind screens, as well as accent & group plantings. Retains excellent color through the winter. Prefers slightly acidic, well drained soil. Can be grown in Full sun to part shade.
- Striking against white or lighter color walls
- Makes an excellent entryway or gateway accent
- Perfect for the corners of your home between windows
- Can be used as an informal hedge
- Great for Mediterranean and Asian inspired gardens
Pruning Hollywood Juniper
Cut young pyramidal junipers to leave only a single vertical stem, known as the central leader. Choose the healthiest and straightest of multiple leaders, and cut the remaining vertical stems back to the ground or point of origin with the main trunk. Prune the Hollywood Juniper in early spring after the last chance of frost and before buds set so that the new flush of growth has sufficient time to harden off over the summer before winter. Cut any dead branches back to the point of origin on the parent stem or back to the central leader trunk. Leave at least a bit of green foliage on the branch, if possible, so it can produce vigorous new growth; sometimes a branch is completely dead, so you can simply cut it back to the trunk. Cut broken branches back to the nearest point of intersection with a healthy, unbroken branch. If possible, avoid cutting branches so far back that you expose the dead zone — the area within a juniper in which branches are not actually dead, but they do not grow foliage because they are not exposed to light. Clipping the green tips of branches encourages a new flush of growth, but new growth will not develop from the tips of branches in the dead zone because this is old wood. Cut the top of the Hollywood Juniper back to its joint with a lateral branch, if needed, to control the height, but do not cut down into the dead zone. If you cut only the green portion of the top, then a new central leader will develop; cutting into the dead zone leaves a flat top that is undesirable for pyramidal plants. Thin out as much as 20 percent of the total juniper foliage, cutting the branches back to the central leader or trunk to open up the remaining branches to airflow and sunlight. The dead and broken branches count toward the total 20 percent, and other branches should be chosen carefully so you don’t disrupt the shape or leave gaping holes that allow you to see into the inner dead zone pull back from the juniper and observe its shape. Trim any branches that stick out from the basic pyramidal shape, clipping each back to the intersection with a lateral branch so the cuts are not obvious and a new tip will develop. Trim individual branches as needed to maintain the shape at any time throughout the year. If a few branches become too long, you can cut them back to maintain the shape at any time, but severe or more thorough pruning should only be done in early spring.
In general gardening terms, pruning is probably the most misunderstood gardening chore, and certainly, the chore that is most likely neglected. When we specifically look at pruning with regards to junipers, this misunderstanding and negligence can be magnified.
Pruning has been described as a “combination of art and science.” I find pruning to be one of the most relaxing yet rewarding chores in the garden. Pruning a specific plant to look a specific way, involves art in creating a unique definition for a specific plant, and it involves science in understanding the physical growing habits of the plant to be pruned.
Another reason for pruning Hollywood Juniper is many times a plant may outgrow its intended size in the landscape, and must be pruned to re-define its purpose. Pruning should always be associated with re-invigorating a plant by allowing it to focus its energies on producing more vigorous branches, foliage, and flowers.
Specific plant objectives require specific pruning techniques. If an Hollywood Juniper is being trained as a hedge , it would need to be pruned differently than if it were being grown as a specimen form. Screenings and hedges of Hollywood Juniper would need to be pruned for their specific purpose within the landscape.
Follow these guidelines for the bet results.
HOW TO PLANT HOLLYWOOD JUNIPER TREES
We suggest when planting your newly purchased Hollywood Juniper plants that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil you may need to add a locally sourced compost or topsoil to the back-fill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a back-fill soil because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots of Hollywood Juniper to spread through the loose, nutrient rich soil, much easier than if you used solely the existing soil which more times than not will be hard and compacted. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole. Bio-tone starter fertilizer is a great starter fertilizer that provides plants with mycorrhizae fungus. It is a naturally occuring beneficial fungus that colonizes on the new growing roots of plants. It creates a barrier between the roots of the plant and fungus and pathogens that can cause root rot. We love this product and use it on all plants we install in our own gardens. Bio-tone is a gardeners best friend and can help guarantee your success.
HOW TO FERTILIZE HOLLYWOOD JUNIPER TREES
Upright junipers such as Hollywood Juniper grow best if they are fertilized lightly in the spring once frost has passed with a well-balanced, extended-release, fertilizer such as espoma Tree-tone or Holly tone to provide the extra acid that junipers crave. Fertilize Hollywood Juniper again in late summer to mid-fall. Don’t fertilize Hollywood Juniper after August. Fall is the time for junipers to begin preparing for dormancy. Fertilizing at this time may stimulate new growth that will be too tender to withstand the winter. In the South, a late May application and another in July would be about right. More northern areas may wish to fertilize only once in June or July with fast release fertilizer.
HOW TO WATER HOLLYWOOD JUNIPER TREES
After back filling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost give the Hollywood Juniper a good deep watering. This is not to be rushed. Most of the water you put on the plant at first will run away from the plant until the soil is soaked. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon of pot size. For example a one gallon pot would be watered until you count to 5 a three gallon pot would be 15 and so on. Check the plant daily for the first week or so and then every other day there after. Water using the counting method for the first few weeks. Gator bag Jr. can be used to help aid in this process and also provide plants with a good soaking due to the slow release of the water into the root-zone of the plant. Soaker Hoses can also be used to water when planting a long hedge.
HOW TO MULCH HOLLYWOOD JUNIPER TREES
We highly recommend that you mulch your Hollywood Juniper with either a ground hardwood mulch or a ground cypress mulch depending on your local availability. Any type of mulch will do but cypress or hardwood mulch will be of a higher quality and provide better nutrition overall as they breakdown. Mulching helps to keep weeds away which will compete with your new investment for water and nutrients. A 2 to 3 inch layer of mulch is sufficient but remember to take care not to cover any part of the stem of the plant with mulch. Its better to leave a one inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or trunk of the plant.