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Juniper ident?

Post  fiona on Wed Aug 11, 2010 12:59 pm

This is probably my favourite juniper from my collection, but I have absolutely no idea which species it is. The foliage has a bluey-green tinge to it and is a lot coarser than my other junipers. By "coarser" I mean that the foliage is longer and more floppy, but one thing it certainly isn't, however, is jaggy/prickly.

It was bought as a semi-styled tree about 5 years ago, and there is of course a possibility that it started life as a common garden shrub juniper, in which case it could be one of myriad garden species.

Anyone recognise it?

Taken with flash to make the foliage stand out a bit




with my trademark size indicator




length of shoots is about 2-3"/5-7.5cm.


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Post  Hawaiian77 on Wed Aug 11, 2010 4:58 pm

Howzit Fiona,

I wish I could help you but it's a nice tree. ThumbsUp After you cleaned it up a bit looks really cool. I like the trunk movement and the nebari.
You got it going girl!! Very Happy Very Happy

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Post  RKatzin on Wed Aug 11, 2010 5:35 pm

Hi Fiona, a lovely tree which ever it may be. I'd like to venture an opinion if I may, and that is that it's not a juniper, but either a Threadleaf Arborvitae or Chamaecyparis. The softness of touch and the fact that I couldn't locate any threadleaf junipers. I only have one soft touch juniper and that's a Shore Juniper. I did come across a Threadleaf Chamaecyparis pisifera, green with a tinge of blue. Of course, I could be barking up the wrong tree.

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Post  Guest on Wed Aug 11, 2010 5:43 pm

I think its a Chinensis of some sort. What is the history of this tree. It may help to know whether it was a garden plant or an import. Garden material and it may be Mint Julep or one of the Pfitzeriana's.

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Post  fiona on Wed Aug 11, 2010 6:00 pm

I'm trying to locate its previous owner. I suspect it was a garden shrub first but will confirm as soon as I have an answer of some sort.

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Post  JimLewis on Wed Aug 11, 2010 6:00 pm

I agree with Will. My edition of Dirr's Maunal of Woody Landscape Plants lists 80 cultivars or varieties of J. chinensis. The book is several years old; there likely are another 50 by now. But it looks like J. chnensis 'etc.' to me.

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Post  Seth Ellwood on Thu Aug 12, 2010 12:48 am

I vote Juniperus chinensis var. sargentii I have one and it looks similar.

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Post  Guest on Thu Aug 12, 2010 5:50 am

Hello Seth. The foliage looks too open for Sargeants Juniper, they're usually a lot tighter and less leggy.

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Post  Seth Ellwood on Fri Aug 13, 2010 2:50 am

I would usualy agree with you however I have a branch on the one i have that is very leggy and has decided to give its self the octopus style while another portion of it has started to verigate.what ever it is it is a j.chinensis I agree.

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Post  jjbacoomba on Fri Aug 13, 2010 5:07 am

juniper chinesis var. fionas Smile

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Post  Guest on Fri Aug 13, 2010 6:12 am

jjbacoomba wrote:juniper chinesis var. fionas Smile

Juniper Chinensis var Fionas is a very low growing form with an orange tinge in certain light and very large berries. Very Happy

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Post  Smithy on Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:23 am

will baddeley wrote:
jjbacoomba wrote:juniper chinesis var. fionas Smile

Juniper Chinensis var Fionas is a very low growing form with an orange tinge in certain light and very large berries. Very Happy

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Post  jrodriguez on Fri Aug 13, 2010 12:39 pm

Fiona,

This is Juniperus Chinensis Var parsonii.

Kind regards,

Jose Luis

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Post  my nellie on Fri Aug 13, 2010 12:44 pm

Var. Fiona's vs Var. Parsonii.... scratch
I vote Var. Fiona's!
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Post  fiona on Fri Aug 13, 2010 11:50 pm

will baddeley wrote: Juniper Chinensis var Fionas is a very low growing form with an orange tinge in certain light and very large berries. Very Happy
Well. I suppose at least you didn't say a ginger tint! I'd prefer strawberry blonde to orange though (for reasons I'll get Ian Young to explain to you.)

In any case, that's about three times I'll have to kill you now!


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Post  fiona on Fri Aug 13, 2010 11:51 pm

And thanks to Jose Luis for the ident.

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Post  Guest on Sat Aug 14, 2010 1:45 am

fiona wrote:
will baddeley wrote: Juniper Chinensis var Fionas is a very low growing form with an orange tinge in certain light and very large berries. Very Happy
Well. I suppose at least you didn't say a ginger tint! I'd prefer strawberry blonde to orrange though (for reasons I'll get Ian Young to explain to you.)

In any case, that's about three times I'll have to kill you now!

You've got to catch me first Fiona. I have just bought a mountain bike in an attempt to get fit and lose some weight. You won't catch me in lycra though. Not even if I manage to get rid of the inverse taper. "Chase me, Chase me".

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Post  Smithy on Sat Aug 14, 2010 9:59 am

Thought of you Will

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-10965608

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Post  fiona on Sat Aug 14, 2010 4:15 pm

Brilliant, Smithy!!!

And Will, you need to have some mountains to get the best out of an MTB! It doesn't work just using it to get to Tesco. And where would you put all the shopping?

Well, actually, I do have a suggestion ..... flutter eyelashes


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Post  Guest on Sat Aug 14, 2010 9:50 pm

Not a good look is it Smithy. Bet they shave their legs too.....like thats going to make a difference Rolling Eyes

Didn't realise I had been talking to the "Queen of off road". It is a common misconception that Suffolk is flat. Probably due to the fact we are so close to Norfolk and the Cambridgeshire Wash. Before buying my bike i did the research Fi. The deciding factor came after an evening in the pub. Having spent most of my time with one of the "locals, keeping his throat wet, he loosened up and told me a story handed down the generations. Apparently there are areas close to me that are several "Sheaves" above sea level!! As you can imagine, it was like slow motion as my pint went crashing to the floor. There were gasps of disbelief, other locals looking at the floor and then silence....... Everyone in the pub beat a hasty retreat into the night, not even finishing their drinks. Theres no way I'm getting caught out on a touring bike at that height. I now have a Specialised with hand built alloy frame, disc brakes, the lot!!

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Post  Jesse McMahon on Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:46 pm

Definitely looks like the Parsonii in my garden. I love the tree! And any time you're willing to share some tips on how you keep it that tidy, I'm all ears. cheers

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Post  milehigh_7 on Wed Aug 22, 2012 7:45 pm

My money is on Juniperus chinensis 'Parsonii' evidently taxonomy is a bit shaky it is also listed as J davurica 'Parsonii' and J. squamata 'Parsonii' .

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Post  fiona on Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:10 pm

Guys, thanks for the input. The issue of identification was resolved two years ago when the thread was put up. Not sure why it's been resurrected other than it was mentioned in another thread. HERE

Jesse, it has suffered a bit from a similar thing to what Efi was talking about in that thread and isn't looking so tidy. It seems to be making a decent recovery now though, so I will put up another pic once it looks good enough.

Tnx.

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Post  milehigh_7 on Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:45 pm

Ah well good to know I was right! cheers

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