Growing Zones: 5-9 outdoors(hardy down to -10℉) 5-9 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 15-20 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 4-5 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- Botanical Name:
- Juniperus chinensis 'Spartan'
- Does Not Ship To:
- AZ, CA
The Most Popular Juniper
This tough yet attractive Juniper is sure to find a place in your landscape!
The Spartan Juniper is a fast growing, highly durable evergreen with many traits that are quickly increasing its popularity in many parts of the country.
In fact, it's now considered by most growers to be the most popular upright juniper.
Its fantastic tolerance to heat, cold, drought, and salt make it one of the hardiest junipers you can find.
Extremely easy to grow, no matter where you live!
It grows in a columnar shape with very dense branches and reaches a mature height of 15-20 feet, making it a good selection for those desiring a privacy hedge or wind barrier.
While the Spartan grows best in full sun, it easily adapts to partial sun and even partial shade!
Not picky about its growing conditions, this tough Juniper thrives in virtually all soil types and conditions.
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Customer Reviews & Photos
So far so good! Can't wait until they are taller! They were healthy when they arrived and seem to like where they were planted. They will be a wonderful screen once they are mature!
Bought 3 in April still same size
Said not picky about growing condition sunny/shade and was a fast grower. Bought them at 2-3 ft and they're still 2-3 feet.
3-4 ft Spartan Juniper Privacy Hedge
I love the Spartan Junipers that I got; they arrived here in Illinois health and ready for planting; I can't wait until they grow another 2-3 feet more this is the exact esthetic I am looking to create in my yard...this was a great purchase.
The trees arrived quickly and were well packaged. They are healthy and we are excited for them to grow and provide privacy along our fence line.
No change in growth.
It isn't fast growing. Still the same size as the day I received it. Fertilizer water and sun. No change.
Planting & Care
The juniper tree is one of the most popular evergreen varieties for hedgerows. They’re often used as a natural, living fence to keep in animals, or to provide privacy for a garden. Their leaves have more of a scaly look than coniferous needles and have a fleshy, berry like cones where their seeds develop. Some species such as the Spartan, Skyrocket and Wichita Blue juniper trees can grow up to 15-20 feet tall whereas their mature widths can range from species to species.
Choosing a location: The ideal planting area should receive direct sunlight for most of the day with well draining soil (adding rocks and gravel is a good way to ensure proper drainage). Junipers will also live in alkaline, acidic or mineral lacking soil, making them one tough tree to add to your landscape!
Planting directions: Soil preparation is essential when planting new juniper trees. The soil should be thoroughly mulched, watered and weeded prior to planting.
1) Dig a planting hole for your juniper that’s twice as wide as the diameter and as deep as the depth of the root ball. Add a good bag of compost to the soil and mix well. It’s also recommended to add some gravel or small rocks into the soil mixture to improve its drainage.
2) Gently loosen the roots by untangling them at the edge of the root ball with your fingers and place your juniper in the hole. The top of the root ball should be level with the surrounding soil.
3) Back-fill your hole by packing the amended soil around the root ball and gently tamp the soil down to get rid of any air pockets.
4) Once your tree is upright and firmly planted, spread mulch around its base, and then water the soil. Pour water around the base until the soil is moist down to the roots. A slow trickling garden hose is best because the water will soak into the soil deeply down to the root system.
Watering: Water your juniper twice a week during its first month; afterwards it will need to be watered regularly for the first couple months after planting. During periods of extended drought increase your watering habit to once every week or two. Juniper trees are susceptible to diseases from over watering and excessive moisture than they are to insects or animals.
Fertilizing: You can give younger juniper trees some fertilizer once a year during the fall season to encourage healthy growth. More mature trees usually only need to be fed once every 2-3 years. It is best to apply a slow-release, organic granular formula such as 12-4-8 or 16-4-8 fertilizer into the soil. Scratch the fertilizer into the top inch of the soil with a rake and then water the area well after applying.
Pruning: The best time to prune your juniper tree is in the late winter to early spring. Cut your new growth back roughly halfway, as this facilitates healthy new growth and helps with the shaping of the tree to keep it attractive. Remove branches growing the wrong direction and any dead branches with hand pruners. The leaves can be a bit prickly at times, so be sure to wear a long sleeve shirt when pruning your juniper tree. Trim the canopy into any shape you would like but try to do it gradually over several years.
One of the best things about your juniper tree/shrub is that once it becomes established it requires very little care. They are very effective as ornamental privacy screen trees or bushes. Junipers are easy to grow, have great drought tolerance and are also deer resistant!
Most items ship the next business day unless otherwise noted
Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.
|Amount of Order||Shipping Charge|
|Less than $15||$11.95|
You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in
Growing Zones 3, 4, 5 or 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our
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We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date.
|Growing Zone||Shipping Resumes|
|Zones 3 & 4||Week of April 29th|
|Zones 5||Week of April 14th|
|Zones 6||Week of April 7th|
|Zones 11||Ships Now!|