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Golden Joy Juniper

Juniperus x media 'Golden Joy'

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Golden Joy Juniper (Juniperus x media 'Golden Joy') at Culver's Garden Center

Golden Joy Juniper foliage

Golden Joy Juniper foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Golden Joy Juniper (Juniperus x media 'Golden Joy') at Culver's Garden Center

Golden Joy Juniper foliage

Golden Joy Juniper foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  12 inches

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Pfitzer Juniper

Description:

A stunning color accent landscape evergreen; wide spreading and sprawling in a superior yellow foliage that is considerably brighter than other hybrids; a superb groundcover or massing plant for color with true character of habit when mature

Ornamental Features

Golden Joy Juniper has attractive yellow foliage which emerges gold in spring. The scale-like leaves are highly ornamental and remain yellow throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Golden Joy Juniper is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

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.

Golden Joy Juniper is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Golden Joy Juniper will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. 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 particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Groundcover 
Applications
Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features