Juniperus chinensis 'Obelisk' / Obelisk Juniper

Juniperus chinensis 'Obelisk' is a narrowly ascending, irregularly growing cultivar of Chinese juniper robust upright branching and bluish-gray, prickly needle-like foliage. Typical rate of growth is around 8 inches (20 cm) per year resulting in a narrow tower, 6.5 feet (2 m) tall and 3 feet (1 m) wide after 10 years in the landscape. This plant would be a good choice is either a solitary specimen or planted along a row.

F.J. Grootenhorst and sons nursery of Boskoop, The Netherlands is credited with the origin and introduction of this cultivar. 'Obelisk' was selected from a batch of seedlings grown from seed imported from Chugai nursery, Yamamota, Kobe, Japan in the early 1930s.

Attribution from: Aris Auders and Derek Spicer; RHS Encyclopedia of Conifers; ©2012 Kingsblue Press

Juniperus chinensis 'Obelisk' This picture was taken during the Conifer Society tour of the Dawes Arboretum in 2004.
Photo by Ken Church
Juniperus chinensis 'Obelisk - detail showing unripe cones. Photo taken November 23, 2014 at the Arnold Arboretum, Boston, Massachusetts.
Photo by John Waskiewicz
Juniperus chinensis 'Obelisk' - detail showing ripe cones. Photo taken November 23, 2014 at the Arnold Arboretum, Boston, Massachusetts.
Photo by John Waskiewicz
Juniperus chinensis 'Obelisk' - foliage detail. Photo taken November 23, 2014 at the Arnold Arboretum, Boston, Massachusetts.
Photo by John Waskiewicz

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