Juniperus chinensis ‘Spartan’
An attractive upright conifer, Junipers chinensis ‘Spartan’ is a low maintenance plant that makes an excellent screen for narrow spaces.
Used widely as a hedging plant as well as for topiary. the Spartan Conifer has good thick dark green foliage, it can be left unpruned and will reach 6m over time. It can also be pruned to a formal hedge.
It is a plant that requires a well drained soil, once established it is regarded as reasonably drought tolerant.
Grows well in full sun to part shade, not really suited for dense shade. Grows well in a range of soils and conditions including coastal conditions.
Also known as Juniperus virginiana Spartan and available from suppliers listed below.
Evergreen and requiring little to no pruning it is widely planted along driveways as well as in commercial projects to soften the architecture.
- Botanical Name – Juniperus chinensis ‘Spartan’
- Common Names – Spartan Juniper, Spartan Conifer.
- Foliage : Deep green, new foliage tinged with blue.
- Growth Rate : Regarded as fast, reaching 2-3m in 4 years depending on conditions
- Height . 4 – 6m depending on conditions
- Width. 1m+
- Planting distance : For a tight hedge plant at 50cm centres, space 1. – 1.5 m or further apart for a more open look and to see the structure of the tree.
- Foliage – Deep green.
- Aspect: Full sun to part shade
- Frost tolerant – Yes
- Drought tolerant – Medium
Prepare soil well by digging in well rotted compost before planting. Water in well with a liquid seaweed fertiliser. Keep moist trough the first summers until a good root system is established.
In windy areas stake when young to ensure upright growth.
Mulch each spring to help maintain a cool moist root run
With fine foliage this is a tree that prunes well, it is also an excellent topiary plant, the tight small foliage makes it a great candidate for spiral columns. If you need to prune do not cut back hard, cutting into old wood can leave spaces in the growth.
Soil and Water requirements
Tolerates a range of soil conditions including dry and compacted, Does require good drainage so no waterlogged soils.
The Spartan Conifer is available for sale from the following participating nurseries
"Propagation and Production of Native and Exotic Trees
with Natural Root Systems from 2 to 2,000 lts."
Sproules Lane Bowral NSW 2576
Wholesale production nursery specialising in Cool Climate perennials and shrubs. Supplying Retail Nurseries and the Landscape Trade. Services include contract growing and plant sourcing.
WINTER HILL TREE FARM Ph: 02 4878 9193 Fax: 02 4878 9109
NSW Southern Highlands
Retail & Wholesale. Advanced trees & hedging. Grown in pots for year-round planting. 45 litre - 1000 litre available. Great range. Great Quality. Delivery available.
111 Stanhope Road Theresa Park NSW 2570
Offering a variety of sun hardy Australian natives and exotic trees, shrubs, groundcover's and perennials from semi advanced through to super advanced and semi-mature stock.