Juniperus chinensis 'Excelsa' / Spiny Greek Juniper


J. chinensis var. pyramidalis
= J. excelsa 'Stricata' (in part0
= J. densa glauca hort. U.S. (in part; cf. J. chinensis 'Densa Glauca')
= J. chinensis 'Pyramidalis' (in part; cf. J. chinensis 'Columnaris')
= J. chinensis 'Bleak House'
= J. chinensis 'Stricta'
= J. chinensis 'Excelsa'
= J. Sheppardii var. pyramidalis (Carr.) van Melle
= J. stricta hort.

SPINY GREEK JUNIPER. Very hardy. Inextricably confused with the comparatively tender and rare authentic GRECIAN JUNIPER (J. excelsa). Broadly columnar to conical, very dense. Foliage mostly juvenile, harshly prickly, grayish- to bluish-green or silver-gray. Needles 1/8" long -1/2" long, in trios. Male flowers predominate.
Records: 32' x 3'3" Arlington, WA (1995); 26'3'2" Tacoma, WA (1993).

Juniperus chinensis var. pyramidalis/ Juniperus chinensis 'Excelsa' Photo taken in The Gotelli Collection of The US National Arboretum during May 2006.
Photo by Dax Herbst