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San Jose Juniper (pom pom)

Juniperus chinensis 'San Jose (pom pom)'

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San Jose Juniper (pom pom) (Juniperus chinensis 'San Jose (pom pom)') at Kushner's Garden & Patio

San Jose Juniper (pom pom)

San Jose Juniper (pom pom)

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Height:  3 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4


A stunning topiary evergreen with wide arching branches crowned with dense balls of gray-green foliage; an ideal garden accent in sunny dry locations, excellent in containers

Ornamental Features

San Jose Juniper (pom pom) is a dwarf conifer which is primarily valued in the garden for its ornamental upright and spreading habit of growth. It has attractive grayish green evergreen foliage. The scale-like sprays of foliage are highly ornamental and remain grayish green throughout the winter. It produces powder blue berries from late spring to late winter.

Landscape Attributes

San Jose Juniper (pom pom) is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading 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. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. 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.

San Jose Juniper (pom pom) is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

San Jose Juniper (pom pom) will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground. 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  Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features