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PlantFiles: Chinese Juniper
Juniperus chinensis 'Torulosa'

Family: Cupressaceae (koo-press-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Juniperus (jew-NIP-er-us) (Info)
Species: chinensis (chi-NEN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Torulosa
Additional cultivar information: (aka Kaizuka, Hollywood Juniper, Twisted Juniper)

Synonym:Juniperus chinensis var. kaizuka
Synonym:Juniperus chinensis var. torulosa

5 vendors have this plant for sale.

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Pollen may cause allergic reaction

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Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From hardwood heel cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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5 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive NatureGardener On Oct 11, 2013, NatureGardener from venis
United States wrote:

I purchased this specimen almost 20 yrs ago to camouflage my neighbors shed. It was about 3' then. I watered it the first season and virtually forgot about it. It has grown beautifully (12') and in the past few years has needed pruning. I pile the cut branches for wildlife in the winter. The shrub provides great shelter for birds. And the blue juniper berries are great to flavor to olive oil. I love brushing against it just to smell the pine scent. Thinking about getting another to plant in front of my neighbors garage.

Positive kienholz On Jun 4, 2012, kienholz from New York, NY wrote:

Ours is in NYC and we love it.
We've had it a week, and put it in a planter on the patio.
I hope that it will be ok there.

Positive Kelli On May 19, 2004, Kelli from L.A. (Canoga Park), CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

It's a trouble-free, low-maintenance backdrop for more colorful plants and a nice, thick privacy screen.

Positive JDU On Apr 19, 2003, JDU from Petaluma, CA wrote:

We have had 2 Hollywood Junipers for about 38 years. We are in Sunset Zone 17/15, on a hilltop where there is a good deal of wind. They were planted when about 3-4 ft tall. One is somewhat sheltered in a patio and is now about 18 ft tall with a canopy about 15 ft in diameter. This one has lifted some of the concrete squares from the patio a couple of inches. The other is at the edge of a windy hillside about 8 ft from a swimming pool and is now about 12-14 ft tall with 15 ft diameter canopy. Its roots have not invaded the retaining wall enclosing it on 2 sides or the swimming pool wall, I am glad to report.

About 20 years ago the centers were pruned to open them up and they have continued to transform into gorgeous trees with lovely twisting branches, somewhat resembling cedar in overall shape, but they do not break the way cedars do. We prune them out every few years to keep them in aerodynamic condition for winter storms, which can gust up to 90 mph and which have taken the roofs off of nearby buildings. Now that they are so large, they drop an impressive amount of juniper berries when the wind shakes them - plant downwind of pools - but are otherwise fairly tidy. When our very dry, brown summer temps go into the 100's in late summer/early fall, these trees are welcome sources of green shade.

Positive ADKSpirit On Nov 7, 2002, ADKSpirit from Lake Placid, NY (Zone 4a) wrote:

Hollywood Junipers are slow-growing, low-growing, cedar-like trees. They grow in interesting twisted forms, and the needles have a very light pine smell, and they have little blue berries. They can take pretty heavy pruning, and can be planted closer to walls and buildings than most other trees. They're a good choice where space is at a premium. They make good cover for birds when the weather turns cold and windy. Unfortunately, I've read that they are not long-lived trees.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Samson, Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Benton, Arkansas
Canoga Park, California
Castro Valley, California
Lakewood, California
Petaluma, California
San Jose, California
Rockledge, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Blairsville, Georgia
Clayton, Georgia
Waynesboro, Mississippi
Port Washington, New York
Mooresville, North Carolina
Saluda, North Carolina
Cleveland, Ohio
Portland, Oregon
Grove City, Pennsylvania
North Augusta, South Carolina
Humble, Texas
Lake Dallas, Texas
Newport News, Virginia
Reston, Virginia
Urbanna, Virginia
Langley, Washington
Mount Vernon, Washington

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