Juniperus communis 'Gold Cone' / Gold Cone common juniper

Juniperus communis 'Gold Cone' is an narrow, upright, bright-yellow selection of common juniper that retains its golden color throughout the year. It's branching while quite tight, is somewhat looser than that of the similar cultivar, Juniperus communis 'Compressa', but is still a very nice golden alternative for use in full sun. After 10 years, a mature specimen will measure 8 feet (2.5 m) tall and 2 feet (60 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 8 to 10 inches (20 - 25 cm).

This cultivar originated in Germany around 1980 and introduced to the nursery trade by Heinrich Kordes Nursery, Bilsen Germany. It is very similar is color and structure to J. communis 'Suecica Aurea,' the major difference being that 'Suecica Aurea' will flush bright gold in spring and later fade to green, while 'Gold Cone' is gold all year.

Juniperus communis 'Gold Cone' — photo taken in an Illinois Garden during the first week of September, 2006. Planted summer of 2001 at approximately one foot tall.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Juniperus communis 'Gold Cone' — the same specimen photographed May of 2006.
Photo by Dax Herbst



I LOVE this little beasty. Despite being near the end of my driveway, in brutal summer sun, and hit repeatedly through the years by amateur road- and drive-plowers creating snow mounds ... every single year it reconstitutes its perfect form. My first WOW! conifer — I'm hooked!!!