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Growing Zones: 5-9

Growing Zones 5-9
This plant is recommended for zones: 5-9
(green area above)

You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

15 ft.

Mature Width:

10 ft.


Full Sun

Drought Tolerance:


Botanical Name:

Juniperus chinensis Torulosa / Kaizuka

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Quick Facts
Hollywood Juniper is a coniferous, evergreen shrub that reaches a height of 15 feet and a width of 10 feet. It is drought-, wind-, cold-, and salt-tolerant. The Hollywood Juniper grows best in Zones 5-9. Plant it in well-drained soil in full sun. It works equally well as a single specimen, in foundation plantings, as a windbreak or privacy screen.

Hollywood Juniper
Considered a fast-growing, coniferous shrub or small tree, Hollywood Juniper can reach a height of 15 feet and a width of 10 feet. It is considered one of the most artistic of the evergreens because of its naturally-twisted, upright-spiraling branches. This dark bluish-green shrub presents a striking contrast against light-colored backgrounds. Its artsy appearance makes a bold statement in any garden design.

The Hollywood Juniper thrives in full sun, and it grows best in well-drained soil. Drought-tolerant, it requires minimal water and attention once it is established, making it very easy to care for. It is among the most disease- and pest-resistant of all evergreens.

This "Jewel of the Junipers" is salt-tolerant and wind-tolerant, making it a good choice for coastal locations. It grows best in Growing Zones 5-9, and it is cold-hardy to -20°F.

You may be interested in this added benefit to hold your interest and that of your guests - Hollywood Juniper attracts birds, which enjoy nesting in its branches and eating its blue berries in winter. This makes it an eco-friendly choice for conservationists as well.

Although the Hollywood Juniper can reach a large height and breadth relatively rapidly, you can always prune it to keep it smaller. Pruning is sometimes done to make it fit into smaller spaces.

Hollywood Juniper is often planted along fences or around the foundation of homes. Steer clear of planting it beneath overhangs which might drop a steady stream of water or snow onto the Juniper, or in other oft-flooded areas, as it does not do well in wet soil.

This coniferous evergreen makes an interesting focal point in the center of a garden, but it also works nicely as a privacy screen or windbreak.

This Juniper was named "Hollywood" because you'll see it planted almost everywhere in Los Angeles, California. Aside from its name and unique appearance, other star qualities are its ease-of-care and near-indestructible fortitude.

As with all our plants, shrubs, and trees, when you order from Fast Growing Trees Nursery, you will receive a healthy, container-grown shrub, ready to plant, with a well-developed root system. We do not sell bare-root shrubs as we have found that it shocks the plant to remove it from the ground, as well as destroys many of the fine roots necessary for optimum growth. Rest assured when you order from us, your Hollywood Juniper will have its best start possible.

We urge you to order this social magnet while you can, as our inventory tends to sell out quickly!

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I have 12 Hollywood Junipers in my front yard that separate my property from my neighbors. I bought them several years ago and they are very hardy and are now at least 12 feet tall. I only prune the few branches that look out of place. I live in the Mohave Desert so they are very drought and wind resistent and the rabbits and other animals don't eat them. We treasure them and they provide us the privacy that we enjoy. We highly recommend them!
August 25, 2014
Over two years, I've purchased four of these, of varying sizes. By far the most satisfying, interesting, beautiful evergreen I've ever had. Once established, they're VERY fast growing, as in the photo here, which is accurate. I'm in zone 7
December 31, 2012
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I love my Hollywood Juniper! I have stuck four strong stakes around it so that nobody drags the garden hose over it or hits it with the weed-eater. So far there is nothing I don't like about it; it is growing nicely - faster than I expected. I think it is the neatest tree around.
It was shipped in a professional way it never knew it was moved.
July 25, 2015
1 year ago
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Arrived healthy and wll packaged
Came about 4 feet tall and was still moist and healthy looking. Arrived on the 3rd day from SC to PA.
June 24, 2015
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happy tree
we like how this tree looks like its lifting its arms in prayer. looks great... but has not grown much in 3 months... perhaps early to tell!
July 28, 2015
1 year ago
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Glad I purchased this
I bought this in early Spring and it really is growing fast.i would say mine grew about 2-3 feet so far. It has also gotten wider. I want to plant a couple more in the spring.
August 29, 2015
Philadelphia , PA
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Hollywood Juniper

Step 1: Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Hollywood Juniper.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Planting & Care

Step 2: Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Hollywood Juniper gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3: Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Hollywood Juniper again after the transplant is complete.

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I had a Hollywood Twist Juniper in a previous Location here in Bradenton and we just loved it. It did very well all year round. It needed very little care and looked gorgeous all the time, that in a full sun exposure. It was very healthy.
Helene H on Mar 19, 2016
suited our needs
James M on Feb 18, 2016
I am creating a living barrier at the edge of my property line that will provide privacy while also being interesting to the eye. I chose this species for its drought tolerance, but also because it's twisting motion is unusual and visually pleasing.
Ada R on Mar 13, 2016
Evergreen good for making some privacy and also is unique! Cant wait to plant these in our yard!
Bigmachine on Jan 31, 2016
If it looks too "wind blown" (Like in your lower photo) should it be staked or pruned?
Ruth M on May 20, 2015
Best Answer: Answer: I live in a very windy place, and staked the trunk for the first couple of years just to allow the juniper to establish roots without the trunk leaning too far in the downwind direction. Otherwise, new branches definitely are bending downwind in response to the prevailing winds. The windswept appearance of this juniper is part of its special charm. I suggest letting nature take its course to allow this juniper to assume its own unique, fanciful, and artistic shape.
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How close to a foundation of a driveway or house can I plant a Hollywood Juniper that will grow to 15 - 20 feet tall? I'm concerned about roots damaging the foundation as the juniper establishes itself.
A shopper on Jun 10, 2014
Best Answer: The Hollywood Juniper can be planted very close to structures. They don't have invasive roots, but I'd say planted it about 5 feet away. The foliage can get wide. If you plan on pruning your tree back though it will be alright to plant it closer.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 12, 2014
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When is it best to plant it?
Ann G on Sep 2, 2015
Best Answer: I planted mine late in August. Make sure the hole is deep and round enough so the roots have room to expand. I made sure it was watered and then mulched in in late fall. They are going great and I love them. Good Luck!
Reply · Report · patricia r on Sep 2, 2015
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What type of SMALLER evergreen shrub would look interesting on either side of the Hollywood Juniper?
Peggy on Jun 1, 2014
Best Answer: A spiral plant like a boxwood spiral or a spiral holly. And then as spacing changes so may the plants on the side, at least that is what I am doing right now and it looks good. I'm keeping foliage plants around foliage plants and not flower. I have a yellow/green barberry (yes it exists) on the side of this plant in front area of it. My Hollywood Juniper is about 36 inches tall now and about 18 inches across. It is in the front area of my residence and makes a nice display plant as all plants around it are figured to enhance its beauty. I really like this plant. The location is partial sun and it seems to do fine. It has started putting out some of the traditional juniper berries that the birds enjoy. As this plants grow I anticipate modifying the setup, but none of the plants, including the Juniper are growing at rocket speed. My soil is okay, I've enriched it with other gardening soils and even red lava rock to enrich it more; I have the plants mulched heavily due to our weather. I'm in central Missouri.
Reply · Report · Linda c on Jun 2, 2014
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How much can I expect this to grow in a year?
Jamie1421 on Mar 14, 2016
Best Answer: They grow 1-2 feet per year.
Reply · Report · Robyn .Staff on Mar 16, 2016
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How well would this do in part shade? I need a privacy screen under a walnut tree (I have read that Junipers can grow under walnuts). It will get early morning and late afternoon sun. Any other suggestions?
cynthia l on Nov 1, 2015
Best Answer: That would do well. They may not grow as fast in part shade.
Reply · Report · Robyn .Staff on Nov 2, 2015
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Can you plant 2 together and get them to twist or grow in even funkier shapes?
David Y on Aug 28, 2015
Best Answer: I adore my 8 Tortulosas/Hollywood Junipers from Fast Growing!! They are healthy and twisting away. I have planted them together but separate as I want them to grow. I believe they would twist together if planted close enough together but do not have direct experience. Good luck!
Reply · Report · Marcia S on Aug 28, 2015
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how far apart to plant 4 of these Trees in a row and how many trees will the planting mix serve.?
Richard R on Sep 1, 2014
Best Answer: Hollywood Junipers can be planted as close as 5 feet apart and our planting mix serves two trees. Each tree needs half a bag.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Sep 3, 2014
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