Juniperus chinensis 'Columnaris' / Green Columnar Chinese juniper

Juniperus chinesis 'Columnaris' Columnar, somewhat open habit, ascending branches. (Obrikok)

Common. Foliage all or nearly all juvenile (until the tree is decades old), softly prickly; overall color grayish green. Each tree bears both flower sexes, but is usually predominantly male. Records: 44' (13.5m) tall at Lytchett Hearth, Poole, Dorset, England (1967); 40'x 2'10 1/2" x 13'(12 x .9 x 4 m) Lisle, IL (1986); planted 1939); 30 1/2' x 10 1/2' (9.3 x .9 m) wide at Los Angeles, CA (1993; planted 1968). (Jacobson)

Van Melle says this variant was originally introduced by R. Fortune to England in 1845. However, the clone in common circulation is a selection raised from seeds collected by F. Meyer in 1905, at Hupeh, China; sent to Chico, CA. (Jacobson)

Juniperus chinensis 'Columnaris' Photo taken at the Rhododendron Garden of The US National Arboretum; Washington, D.C. - May 2006.
Photo by Dax Herbst