Juniperus chinensis 'Trautman' / Trautman Chinese juniper
Juniperus chinensis 'Trautman' is a narrowly upright, pyramidal selection of Chinese juniper with coarse, fastigiate branching; dark, blue-green foliage that holds color well in winter in colder climates; and a yearly bounty of silvery-blue berries, providing winter interest and forage fir bird life. After 10 years, a mature specimen will measure 6 feet (2 m) tall and 2 feet (60 wide), an annual growth rate of 6 to 8 inches (15 - 20 cm).
This cultivar originated as a seedling selected by highly respected Wisconsin nurseryman, Herbert Trautman, from a crop of open-pollinated Chinese juniper seedlings at Johnson's Nursery, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. Johnson's Nursery is credited with introducing this conifer to the nursery trade.
[ Iseli Nursery website ] a hardy alternative to the temperate Italian Cypress. This narrow, coarse textured, bluish gray-green spire has incredible potential throughout the gardening world. As a single specimen it will make a majestic statement as it towers above other garden plants while maintaining a small footprint. Planted in a row, ‘Trautman’ will serve as a screen of unusual beauty because of its unique color and texture. Will thrive in full sun and well-drained soil.
[ Johnson's Nursery website ] It is one of the few upright junipers that can be rooted from cuttings, so grafting is not absolutely necessary. I have never seen deer browse damage on this plant. It is resistant to phomopsis blight which commonly makes Juniperus scopulorum cultivars brown out and become ugly.
Juniperus chinensis 'Trautman' seen growing the Dawes Arboretum, Newark, Ohio.
Photo by Dawes Arboretum Explorer
Juniperus chinensis 'Trautman' field-grown plants in a nursery production lot.
Photo by E.C. Brown Nursert, inc.
Juniperus chinensis 'Trautman' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Johnson's Nursery, inc.