Juniperus chinensis

(Photo by Shenice Price)

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Taxonomy (1)

Classification: Gymnosperm
Family: Cupressaceae
Common name: Nick's Compact
Varieties: Nick's Compact

General Information (1)

Region of Origin: China, Mongolia, Japan
USDA Plants Hardiness Zones: 3-9
Growth Habit: Shrub

  • Size: 2.5-6 feet

Diagnostic Characteristics

Leaves (1)

  • Arrangement: Opposite
  • Shape: Needle, scales
  • Other: Green to slight blue

Stem/Bark (1)

  • Color: Gray-brown
  • Texture: Ridged and furrowed

Seed cone (1)

  • Color: Whitish blue to dark brown
  • Size: 1/3 inch

Pollen cone (1)

  • Color: Yellow-brown to orange-brown

Horticultural Information (1)

  • Light: Full sun
  • Landscape Uses: Ground cover, hedge


1) Dirr, M. (1998). Manual of woody landscape plants: Their identification, ornamental characteristics, culture, propagation and uses (5th ed.). Champaign, Ill.: Stipes Pub.

Prepared by Shenice Price as a course requirement for BIOL 3630/5630, Spring 2013
Edited by Jessica Bartek