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Juniperus × pfitzeriana Gold Coast

Gold coast juniper

Develops into an interesting layered shape

A low, spreading juniper with a layered habit and flattened top growing to 90cm (3ft) with a spread of up to 1.2m (4ft) after a few years. The fine, feathery, evergreen foliage is bright gold, even throughout winter, if grown in an open position. The graceful spreading branches with drooping tips make excellent ground cover, and are good at hiding eyesores at ground level. Like other conifers it is particularly good at providing foliage colour and texture.


Plant in full sun at the front of beds and borders. Good to soften the edges of paving, on banks and in gravel. Use as ground cover with cotoneaster, vinca, euonymus, erica and other prostrate conifer varieties.


Any well-drained soil that is not waterlogged. Grows well on alkaline soils including chalk. Can be selectively pruned in spring to control height and spread. 

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Conifer
Foliage colour
Typically available January - December
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 80 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 250 cm - 300 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 60 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Flower border and beds, Courtyard garden, Mediterranean garden

Typically available

From January to December