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Juniperus formosana

Taiwan juniper

A slow-growing evergreen tree of narrow upright habit with short weeping branches to around 8-10m. Foliage is grey-green in colour. Mature trees have peeling bark.

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Size
Ultimate height
4–8 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
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Spring Green
Summer Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Drought resistance
Yes
Hardiness
H3
Botanical details
Family
Cupressaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Pendulous weeping
Genus

Juniperus can be prostrate or erect, evergreen shrubs or trees with aromatic, scale-like or sharply pointed awl-shaped leaves, and small globose fruits

Name status

Correct

Plant range
China (Fujian) to Taiwan

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in any well-drained soil, including dry, chalky or sandy soils, preferably in full sun or in light dappled shade. Borderline hardy (sheltered or coastal locations). See tree cultivation

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings in early autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Architectural
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Coastal
  • Low Maintenance
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

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Pests

May be susceptible to juniper scale, conifer aphid and webber moth caterpillars.

Diseases

May be susceptible to twig blight and honey fungus. See also Conifers: brown patches.

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