Limeade Spartan Juniper

Juniperus chinensis 'Limeade Spartan'

Family: Juniper

Type: Shrub

Limeade Spartan Juniper, botanically known as Juniperus chinensis ‘Limeade Spartan’, is a vibrant and eye-catching evergreen shrub. It is celebrated for its bright lime-green foliage and upright, columnar growth habit.

This cultivar distinguishes itself with its unique foliage color, which adds a splash of brightness to any landscape. Limeade Spartan Juniper is ideal for creating visual interest and contrast in garden designs.

Thriving in full sun, Limeade Spartan Juniper is hardy in zones 4-9. It’s adaptable to various soil types, including dry, rocky soils, and is drought-tolerant once established, making it a versatile choice for different garden conditions.

Needs & Preferences

Hardiness Zone: 4a-9b

Moisture Preference: Dry to moist

Sun Needs: Full sun


Growth Rate: Medium

Average Height (feet): 15

Average Spread (feet): 5

Average Life Span (years): 30

Form: Columnar


Foliage Color: Green

Foliage Shape: Scale

Bark Color: Gray

Bark Texture: Rough

Landscaping Your Yard With Limeade Spartan Juniper

Incorporating Limeade Spartan Juniper into your garden adds a burst of color and structural form. Its striking lime-green foliage and columnar shape make it an excellent choice for a variety of landscaping purposes.

This juniper is ideal for use as a specimen plant, in privacy screens, or as part of a formal garden. Its unique color and form make it a standout plant in any setting.

Despite its exotic appearance, Limeade Spartan Juniper is relatively low maintenance. It’s a great choice for gardeners seeking a long-lasting, hardy evergreen with minimal care requirements.


Suitable Garden Styles

Formal Garden

In formal gardens, Limeade Spartan Juniper can be used to create symmetrical designs or as an accent plant. Its upright growth and bright foliage suit the structured aesthetic of these gardens.

Rock Garden

For rock gardens, this juniper's adaptability to rocky soils is ideal. It adds height and color to these rugged landscapes.

Contemporary Garden

In contemporary garden designs, Limeade Spartan Juniper fits perfectly. Its modern form and vibrant color complement minimalist and modern landscaping.

Limeade Spartan Juniper Landscaping Ideas

Use it as a focal point in a mixed border. Its bright foliage and vertical growth draw the eye and create a point of interest.

Plant it in rows for a dramatic, colorful screen. Its columnar habit offers an excellent option for privacy screening or windbreaks.

Combine it with contrasting foliage plants. The lime-green color of Limeade Spartan Juniper pairs well with dark green or purple-leaved plants.

Seasonal Interest


In spring, Limeade Spartan Juniper's foliage brightens, signaling the start of the growing season with its vivid hues.


During summer, the shrub maintains its vibrant lime-green color, providing a refreshing and lively look in the garden.


In the fall, Limeade Spartan Juniper continues to display its striking foliage, adding color to the autumn landscape.


In winter, Limeade Spartan Juniper stands out with its evergreen foliage. Its resistance to winter burn makes it a valuable addition to the cold-season garden.

Planting Tips

Where to Plant

Limeade Spartan Juniper should be planted in an area with full sun to achieve its best color. It’s ideal for open spaces, garden borders, or as a standalone specimen, where it can enjoy ample sunlight.


This juniper requires full sun to maintain its vibrant lime-green foliage. It needs at least six hours of direct sunlight daily for optimal growth and color.


Limeade Spartan Juniper is adaptable to a wide range of soil types but prefers well-draining soil. It tolerates dry, rocky soils and is drought-tolerant once established.


Space Limeade Spartan Juniper trees about 5 to 6 feet apart. This spacing allows enough room for their mature size, ensuring proper air circulation and growth.

When to Plant

The best time to plant is in the early spring or fall. Cooler temperatures during these periods help the tree establish roots without the stress of summer heat.

How to Plant

Dig a hole as deep as the root ball and twice as wide. Position the tree in the hole, backfill with soil, and water thoroughly. Ensure the tree is planted at the same depth it was in its container.

Plant Care Tips


Water regularly after planting and during dry spells. Mature trees are drought-tolerant but benefit from occasional deep watering.


Fertilize in early spring with a slow-release, balanced fertilizer to support healthy growth. Avoid over-fertilizing, as junipers require minimal nutrients.


Pruning is generally not necessary but can be done to shape the tree or remove dead branches. Prune in late winter or early spring before new growth begins.

By Season


Spring Care

In spring, inspect for any winter damage and prune if necessary. Apply a layer of mulch to conserve moisture and control weeds.

Summer Care

Monitor for pests and diseases during the summer. Water the tree if there are extended periods of drought.

Fall Care

Reduce watering as the tree prepares for dormancy. Clear any debris from around the base to prevent fungal diseases.

Winter Care

Limeade Spartan Juniper is hardy in winter. No special care is needed, but ensure it's not exposed to excessive winter moisture.


How Tall Does Limeade Spartan Juniper Grow?

Limeade Spartan Juniper can reach up to 10-15 feet in height, with a spread of around 5-6 feet at maturity.

Is Limeade Spartan Juniper Deer Resistant?

Yes, Limeade Spartan Juniper is considered deer resistant. Its foliage is not a preferred food source for deer.

Can Limeade Spartan Juniper Be Used for Privacy Screening?

Absolutely, its dense growth and tall stature make Limeade Spartan Juniper an excellent choice for privacy screens or windbreaks in landscapes.

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