Juniperus chinensis / Chinese juniper
ORIGIN AND SPREAD: Asia
CHARACTERISTICS: evergreen conifer, scale-like, emerald-green turning to blue leaves, very slow growth, reddish-brown trunk.
CARE: grows well in every kind of soil and climate; keep in a sunny place, in warm or cold areas alike, better if windy; fertilize moderately using either organic or chemical slow release fertilizers; treat twice in winter with white oil, treat again twice preventively with an acaricide in summer
PRUNING: from May to September, using well-sharpened hedge clippers and removing only the new vegetation.