Hollywood JuniperJuniperus chinensis 'Torulosa' / 'Kaizuka'
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Juniperus chinensis 'Torulosa' / 'Kaizuka'
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The Hollywood Juniper is a very special evergreen tree or large shrub, with every plant having a unique appearance. It is an extremely hardy, drought-resistant plant suitable for hot and dry locations but also growing well in normal conditions and in very cold areas too. It forms an upright, open shrub up to 15 feet tall, with twisted and irregular branches giving it a wind-swept look. It makes a wonderful specimen plant and always catches attention with its dramatic and powerful appearance. It has dense, blue-green foliage studded with attractive violet-blue berries for most of the year. This is the perfect plant for an Asian-themed garden, yet it also looks great in an ordinary garden too, adding a unique and special look. It can also be grown in a large planter, as something very different on your terrace. This outstanding plant matures into a tree that seems to have been trained by a master of giant bonsai, yet in reality it requires no special training at all.
The Hollywood Juniper will grow in any kind of soil except ones that are often wet. Once established it will thrive in hot, dry, sunny locations, yet it is hardy in the coldest areas – yes, don’t believe the myth that it is only hardy to zone 6. Despite its appearance it requires no special training or pruning to develop its fascinating form. It has no pests, it is resistant to deer and it is a very low-maintenance plant for difficult locations, with heat, sun and drought.
The majority of evergreens grown are loved for their regular shapes – upright, narrow columns like the Italian Cypress or broader pyramids like the Emerald Green Thuja. There is one tree that does not do that and is a strong individual – the Hollywood Juniper. Each Hollywood Juniper is as unique as the place it is named after, with every plant growing into a different shape and form.
If you are looking for a very special plant to occupy a focal-spot in your garden, this is that plant. If you love the twisted look of bonsai trees and would like a full-sized one in your garden with no work at all, this is that plant. If you just love the unusual and want to have something different in your garden, then this is the plant you are looking for. It makes an ideal specimen for Asian-themed gardens or for modern, low-maintenance drought-proof gardens too.
Hollywood Junipers usually grow around 15 feet tall and 10 feet wide, with branches twisting and turning in different directions. Mature branches are covered with dense, blue-green, coral-like foliage that looks like it has been trimmed and it is often studded with violet-blue berries that are present almost all year round and add to the charm of this plant.
Younger shoots are more open and flame-like, creating a very exotic and unique appearance. Even the bark is exotic and can be seen between the clusters of foliage. It is rusty-brown in color and peels in strips, adding to the rugged look of this tree. An even taller tree, to as much as 30 feet, can be produced by training a central stem growing upright, with the twisted branches growing out to the sides. Despite its appearance, the Hollywood Juniper will grow between one and two feet a year once established and will quickly develop its unique appearance.
Since it was first grown in California, many people do not realize how hardy this plant is and some authorities still show it as only hardy into the warmest parts of zone 5. This is not true and staff at the Tree Center knows of plants growing strongly, without any damage, in Canada in zone 3 and this tree is certainly hardy in zone 4. It will grow right down into zone 9, so it can in fact be grown right across America. Because of this myth of its hardiness, trees are rarely seen in the northern states and are almost never seen in local garden centers, so this is your chance to grow something new in your area and amaze your friends and neighbors.
The wild Chinese Juniper (Juniperus chinensis) grows throughout China, Japan and Mongolia and it is usually a large tree reaching around 60 feet. It is similar in appearance to the Eastern Redcedar found wild in North America. Wild plants of Chinese Juniper are often very variable and different forms have been collected by gardeners in China and Japan for centuries.
In 1920 some plants were brought from Japan to California of a variety called by the Japanese ‘Kaizuka’. This form is extremely variable in growth, with no two plants looking the same. It quickly became very popular in California and the south-west which is why it became known as the Hollywood Juniper. It is also often listed as ‘Torulosa’ by nurseries, but the original Japanese name is the correct one.
Because of its special and exotic appearance it is very important that this plant is grown correctly, from stem pieces taken from the best, correctly-identified specimens. Our trees are grown this way and it takes time and skill to develop them into sturdy young plants. Avoid cheaper seedling trees or Chinese Junipers with other names, as these will not be the remarkable Hollywood Juniper and will only be a disappointment in your garden.
The Hollywood Juniper will grow in any kind of soil at all, from acid to alkaline and from sand to clay. However, it does not like wet conditions. It will grow in shallow soil, rocky soil and in urban areas too. It is very drought-tolerant, it has no pests or diseases and it is not even eaten by deer. It will even tolerate ocean salt-spray in warmer zones. Because of its relatively low height it can be safely planted beneath utility lines.
Despite its amazing appearance, it does not need pruning or trimming and is best left to develop naturally into its own unique form. For a taller tree, select a shoot growing upright in the central area of your tree and trim the shoots around it to keep them lower. By doing this a central trunk will develop with taller, more upright growth.
To plant your Hollywood Juniper choose a sunny position with room for your plant to spread out it rugged branches. Dig a hole that is two or three times the width of its pot and place your tree in the hole at the same depth it was in the pot. Replace most of the soil, water very thoroughly and then finish filling the hole. Water each week during the first year and after that it will only need water during severe drought conditions.
We are sure you can imagine the demand for this plant, which is often not available for long periods while new plants are grown. We are proud to have a supply right now of beautiful specimens of this plant, but the demand is very high and we cannot guarantee that our stocks will keep up with the demand. So if you want to have this unique Hollywood celebrity in your own garden, place your order now to avoid disappointment.
Unlike many evergreens that have regular, predictable shapes, the Hollywood Juniper is known for its unique, twisted form. Each tree grows into a different shape and form, making it a strong individual in your garden. Its dense, blue-green, coral-like foliage gives it an exotic appearance, and it’s often studded with violet-blue berries that are present almost all year round. Despite its dramatic appearance, it’s a very low-maintenance plant, thriving in difficult locations with heat, sun, and drought.
The Hollywood Juniper grows at a moderate pace, usually reaching around 15 feet tall and 10 feet wide. Once established, it will grow between one and two feet per year. This means you can expect to see your Hollywood Juniper develop its unique appearance quite quickly.
The Hollywood Juniper is a very adaptable plant that will grow in any kind of soil, except for those that are often wet. It thrives in hot, dry, sunny locations, but it’s also hardy enough to withstand the coldest areas. It’s a very drought-tolerant plant, with no known pests or diseases, and it’s even resistant to deer. This makes it a great choice for a variety of garden conditions.
No, the Hollywood Juniper does not require any special pruning or trimming. Despite its intricate appearance, it’s best left to develop naturally into its own unique form. This makes it a low-maintenance choice for gardeners who want a dramatic, eye-catching plant without the extra work.
The Hollywood Juniper originates from the wild Chinese Juniper (Juniperus chinensis), which grows throughout China, Japan, and Mongolia. In 1920, some plants of a variety called ‘Kaizuka’ were brought from Japan to California. This variety quickly became popular in California and the southwest, earning it the name ‘Hollywood Juniper’.
Yes, the Hollywood Juniper can be grown in a large planter. This makes it a versatile choice for those who want to add a touch of drama to their terrace or patio. Despite being in a container, it remains a low-maintenance plant, able to withstand difficult conditions such as heat, sun, and drought.
When planting a Hollywood Juniper, choose a sunny position with enough room for the plant to spread out its rugged branches. Dig a hole that is two or three times the width of its pot and place the tree in the hole at the same depth it was in the pot. After planting, water it thoroughly and continue to water each week during the first year. After the first year, it will only need water during severe drought conditions.
While the Hollywood Juniper does produce attractive violet-blue berries, they are not typically considered edible. They do, however, add to the visual appeal of the plant, providing color and interest almost all year round.
Yes, the Hollywood Juniper is able to tolerate ocean salt spray, making it a good choice for coastal gardens in warmer zones. This is just another testament to its hardiness and adaptability to a variety of growing conditions.
The Hollywood Juniper is a versatile plant that fits well in a variety of garden styles. Its unique, twisted form makes it a perfect choice for an Asian-themed garden. However, it also looks great in an ordinary garden, adding a unique and special look. Its hardiness and low-maintenance nature also make it an ideal specimen for modern, drought-proof gardens.