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Mint Julep Juniper

Juniperus chinensis 'Mint Julep'

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Mint Julep Juniper (Juniperus chinensis 'Mint Julep') at Lurvey Garden Center

Juniperus chinensis 'Mint Julep'

Juniperus chinensis 'Mint Julep'

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Height: 5 feet

Spread: 7 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone: 4


A beautiful evergreen landscape shrub for general garden and massing use, features an upright arching branch habit with downturned tips, very attractive; deep green needle-like foliage; best in full sun

Ornamental Features:

Mint Julep Juniper has lime green foliage. The scale-like leaves remain lime green through the winter. The flowers are not ornamentally significant. It produces powder blue berries from late spring right through to late winter. The rough gray bark is not particularly outstanding.

Landscape Attributes:

Mint Julep Juniper is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a shapely form and gracefully arching branches. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Mint Julep Juniper is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Groundcover
  • General Garden Use
  • Mass Planting

Plant Characteristics:

Mint Julep Juniper will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 7 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments.

This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing Garden Groundcover
Fruit Texture Plant Form Winter Value
Ornamental Features

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