Juniperus Pfitzeriana Old Gold or Juniper Old Gold, is an attractive, versatile, low growing evergreen golden juniper which has received the RHS Award of Garden Merit. It is well-suited to gardens throughout the UK as a groundcover and accent shrub.
Introduced in 1958 as a variety developed from a shrub originally found in China, Juniperus Pfitzeriana Old Gold has become a garden favourite for its foliage which maintains its yellow hues year-round, only turning a richer golden-bronze in winter months. The fragrant, sharp, pointed leaves grow densely on the spreading branches, with the tips drooping slightly, creating an elegant appearance.
Hardy throughout the UK, Juniper Old Gold will slowly grow at a rate of 10-20 cm a year to a mature height of .5 to 1 metre and spread of 1.5- 2 metres in 20 to 50 years. Extremely low-maintenance, it requires no pruning at all. Plant specimens 1.8 metres apart, or 60-90 cm apart for hedging or groundcover.
Plant Juniperus Pfitzeriana Old Gold in full sun or partial shade in any well-drained soil with a preference for slightly acidic and sandy. For best colour plant in full sun. Once plants are established they are drought resistant, making an ideal low maintenance groundcover. Juniper Old Gold plants are not likely to be eaten by deer, so are well-suited to a country property, and as they tolerate salt exposure do well when planted in coastal locations. As well, Juniperus Pfitzeriana Old Gold is very resistant to urban pollution and will thrive in city environments.
Juniperus Pfitzeriana Old Gold is a great choice for a container planting on a rooftop terrace or in a courtyard, where its slow growth and eventual compact size will fit right in, and its year-round golden foliage will be welcome. It’s also a good choice for a foundation planting or as a specimen landscape plant. In a mass planting on a dry, sunny bank, Juniper Old Gold will be an effective and attractive groundcover year-round. Combined with evergreens in shades of green and blue, its golden colour will be a stand-out!
Juniperus Pfitzeriana Old Gold is an appropriate landscape shrub in almost any environment to be found in the UK. From seaside to city, from rooftop to country garden, this golden-hued, low maintenance juniper will brighten up any landscape in which it is planted.