Juniperus chinensis 'Variegated Kaizuka' / Variegated Hollywood juniper

Juniperus chinensis 'Variegated Kaizuka' is a irregular, sculptural selection of Chinese juniper that has a similar growth habit to the well-known Hollywood juniper, Juniperus chinensis 'Kaizuka,' but with a slower rate of growth, somewhat denser branching, and more of a prevalence to retain juvenile foliage. It's most outstanding feature is its variegated foliage. The variegated Hollywood juniper has consistent and stable flashes of creamy white foliage throughout the plant. In full hot sun, particularly in dry sites, this variegation tends to burn, so proper siting in morning sun with consistent irrigation in critical

After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 28 - 36 inches (70 - 90 cm) tall and 24 to 32 inches (60 - 80 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 2.5 to 3 inches (6 - 7.5 cm).

This cultivar originated as a branch sport selected in the 1950s at Monrovia nursery, Visalia, California, USA. This conifer is also incorrectly known by many creative cultivar names such as, 'Kaizuka Variegated,' Kaizuka Variegata,' 'Torulosa Variegata' as well as the particularly absurd 'Variegated Torulosa' and 'Torulosa Variegated.'

Juniperus chinensis 'Variegated Kaizuka' — photo copyright of The Wildlife & Conifer Garden. Donated by Don and Nonda Surrat, Ohio, USA.
Photo by Nonda Surratt
Juniperus chinensis 'Variegated Kaizuka' — photo copyright of The Wildlife & Conifer Garden. Donated by Don and Nonda Surrat, Ohio, USA.
Photo by Nonda Surratt
Juniperus chinensis 'Variegated Kaizuka' — photo copyright of The Wildlife & Conifer Garden Donated by Don and Nonda Surrat, Ohio, USA.
Photo by Nonda Surratt
Juniperus chinensis 'Variegated Kaizuka' — a nice mature specimen on a street corner in Aptos, California.
Photo by Peter Shaw

Comments

Kevin

I have a question. My variegated Hollywood juniper lost a branch due to high winds five years ago, and the branch that has grown in to replace it has never yellowed at all like the rest of the plant. Is there an explanation for this? Will it just take more time for that branch to turn yellow? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

David Olszyk

Hi Kevin ... variegated conifers are known to revert from time to time. Whether the branch in question becomes variegated again or not is impossible to know. Oft-times, reversion takes over because it's genetically stronger, eventually overwhelming the mutation.