In working to put together a collection of unique plants for gift-giving, we decided that something ordinary was clearly not an option. Now junipers are great work-horses around the garden, filling spaces and giving structure and they are easy to grow, but often not too exciting. But when we saw the Golden Glow Juniper Tree we just knew we had to have if for this special gift collection. Here was a juniper that was anything but ‘every day’. This was truly something special.
To begin with there was the color. Almost all junipers are shades of green, blue-green or silver-gray – but the Golden Glow was something else. Like a sunbeam flashing through the clouds after a storm, there truly was a golden glow that streamed from this plant. Its unique golden yellow coloring set it apart from every other juniper we had seen, because although there are some yellow junipers, they all have a lot of green on the older foliage and the gold is rather dull, not vibrant and not uniform over the whole plant as it is in the Golden Glow Juniper Tree. On other varieties it fades to green during the summer, but this plant stays golden all year round.
The shoots of this plant spread outwards – it has a broad spreading habit and would look great as a ground-cover. We weren’t satisfied – we needed more. Then we remember how spreading junipers will hang down when they reach the edge of a wall and we thought that if it was lifted off the ground this plant would cascade down in a series of sun-splashed waves as a semi-weeping plant. Once we had our expert growers mount this plant on a short, sturdy trunk we saw what a success this was and how, now, we really had the killer combination.
Growing Golden Glow Juniper Trees
For those of you looking for something really special to give to anyone, from the beginner to the most discerning gardener, we present to you the Golden Glow Juniper Tree. This lovely tree will grow into a broad, cascading mound, with upward-turning shoots creating beautiful flashes of gold across its undulating surface. It will also grow thicker and taller, reaching around 4 feet in the center and spreading about the same from tip to tip of the mound. It will always be bright and colorful 365 days of the year, looking even more dynamic when the new growth begins in spring, but always keeping that glorious yellow-gold color.
Although this plant is a form of the Chinese Juniper (Juniperus chinensis), it has little resemblance to its distant ancestor, which is a large tree growing wild across most of China. The wild tree normally grows to perhaps 50 feet wide and 20 feet tall, but even growing wild, forms that are wide-spreading and low-growing are also found, and it is from these kinds that spreading junipers like the Golden Glow Juniper Tree have been developed.
When you choose this tree as a gift, don’t worry, the receiver will not need any fancy skills or experience to grow this plant. Junipers are tough and easy to grow, needing no care and being free of pests and diseases. If the Golden Glow Juniper Tree is planted in a sunny spot, in almost any kind of soil, it will thrive with no input at all. It does not like soil that is cold and wet, but once it has become established it will shrug off long periods of dryness without a care.
Drought Tolerance and Air Quality
Not only will the Golden Glow Juniper Tree shrug off drought, it will also be unconcerned about air pollution, traffic fumes or other urban conditions, so this is a great plant for a small urban garden. It will grow well in planter boxes too, and even in a large pot, so you don’t need a garden at all to enjoy its uplifting all-year golden spark.
Buying Golden Glow Junipers at The Tree Center
Golden Glow is not an everyday juniper, indeed it is one of the rarest varieties available, so you can be sure the receiver of your beautiful gift tree will not already have it in their garden. To make sure our plants are true to their name, our growers take selected stem pieces from established parent plants and attach them to strong trunks of common junipers. Other junipers, or cheaper ones grown from seed, will not be the remarkable Golden Glow Juniper Tree, or anything even close to it.
A gift tree should be beautiful, unique, easy to care for and adaptable to any garden. The Golden Glow Juniper Tree ticks all the boxes, so it is the ideal choice. Because this tree is so rare and so rarely offered, we know our limited supply is not going to last, so order now and enjoy the genuine thanks you will receive for such a special gift as this.