Chinese Obelisk Juniper
Juniperus chinensis
'Obelisk'
Family Cupressaceae.
Obelisk juniper is an intermediate sized, dense ornamental evergreen.
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Obelisk Juniper
These cultivated specimens at the Morton Arboretum were started as grafts 45 years ago [2]
Obelisk juniper, a variety of Chinese juniper, is an intermediate sized, dense ornamental evergreen which prefers full sun and well-drained soil. Drought and wind resistant, it is also salt-tolerant. It is used in the landscape as a specimen, screen, or in group plantings. Blue to purple berry-like globular cones persist for two years. Cultivated specimens photographed at the Morton Arboretum, northern Illinois, USA.
Obelisk Juniper berries
References:
1. USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network
2. Red cedar, Morton Arboretum acc. 570-62-1, photos © Bruce Marlin
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Family Cupressaceae – Redwood, Cypress, Arborvitae, Juniper
There are thirty (many monotypic) genera and 142 species in the family Cupressaceae, now widely regarded as including the Taxodiaceae, previously treated as a family. The Cupressaceae are found in the fossil record as far back as the Jurassic Period, about 210 million years ago. Cupressaceae Index | Tree Encyclopedia | Trees Index
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