Juniperus Media Old Gold Juniper is a popular evergreen conifer with the RHS AGM. As a low-growing Juniper variety, it’s best left to spread in rockeries or for ground cover in gardens that need a hit of warm gold colour across the year. It is often used for low hedging.
Juniperus Old Gold is a sport (a naturally occurring mutation) of Pfitzeriana Aurea another popular golden-toned conifer. It was introduced in 1958 and has become sought after for its glorious colour and low maintenance requirements. Juniper Old Gold has soft bronze-gold scaly foliage on ascending branches that holds their colour year-round. New growth emerges bright yellow at the tips in spring and gradually fades over the summer months to match the established colour. Brighter yellow will emerge in a sunny position.
This small conifer is a top choice for compact gardens and wildlife-friendly spaces in need of some year-round colour for little effort.
Height And Spread of Juniperus Media Old Gold Old Gold is a small spreading conifer that reaches a maximum height of 1 metre and spreads up to 2.5 metres over 20-50 years, so it spreads a lot wider than it is tall.
How Hardy Is Juniperus Media Old Gold Junipers are cold hardy if the roots are well-drained. Old Gold easily withstands minus temperatures and copes with some drought once established. It’s also pollution and coastal spray hardy.
How To Use Juniperus Media Old Gold Juniper Old Gold suits a variety of different spaces with strong year-round colour. It especially suits rockeries and gravel gardens, but fits into mixed borders and tolerates a slope where its spread prevents soil erosion. Polluted front gardens, coastal gardens, wildlife spaces and low maintenance areas all benefit from this popular conifer that doesn’t outgrow its welcome. You can grow Old Gold in a large container to brighten your deck or balcony, but it will need regular water and food to thrive.
How To Care For Juniperus Media Old Gold Once it’s planted in a sunny to partially sunny well-drained spot Juniper Old Gold needs little to no attention. There’s no need to prune it and other than a yearly application of organic mulch to the roots Old Gold will happily live for many years brightening up the garden with greens, gold and yellows.