Approximate blooming period: February - March
Chinese Juniper, Juniperous chinensis, “Armstrong"
Origin: China, Japan
Habitat: Hardy to USDA Zone 4
Height and Form: Evergreen creeping shrub, 3-4 feet
Foliage and Bark: golden yellow, bark grey-brown to red-brown, peels off in thin flakes.
Flowers, Fruit and Seeds: Flowers are solitary, terminal on previous year's scale leaved shoots, appearing in February to April. Pollen cones are yellow, while seed cones are purple-black to purple-brown, with triangular seeds.
Culture: the most common ornamental juniper. Prefers well-drained soil in full sun. Used in foundation plantings, mixed borders, or in the rock garden.