Accepted name: Juniperus ×pfitzeriana
This hybrid group is now recognised by many leading conifer nurseries and some taxonomists but it needs critical revision. As alleged hybrids between j. chinensis and j. sabina they give off, to a greater or lesser extent, the characteristic 'savin' smell of j. sabina when the leaves are crushed. Unfortunately a similar smell is emitted by some cultivars of j. virginiana; note that the allocation of some cultivars to particular species is contentious.
For all practical purposes this group is treated as comprising the spreading 'Pfitzer' cultivars formerly placed in J. chinensis.
Van Melle (1947); Welch (1979, 1991).
PFITZERIANA GROUP - SPREADING BUSHES WITH UPRIGHT BRANCHES ARCHING AT THE TIPS; LEAVES MOSTLY SEMI-JUVENILE WITH THE BASE STEM-CLASPING AND TIP SPREADING (OCC. ADULT OR JUVENILE)
Source: (1995). Cupressaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 1, Ferns, conifers & their allies. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.
Low, widespreading; foliage blue-green. Origin usa in 1970s.
Low growing, mostly less than 1 m tall. Leaves soft, yellow-green, mostly scale-like except at the base. Sport introduced by Armstrong Nurseries, Ontario, California, USA in 1932.
Foliage blue-green with patches of gold. Origin Netherlands in 1980s.
Spreading with steely blue foliage becoming vase-shaped. Monrovia Nsy, Azusa, California, USA c. 1957.
Low, widespreading, the tips of the branches golden yellow, the colour richer in winter. Similar to 'Old Gold'. Monrovia Nsy, Azusa, California, usa, 1970s.
Foliage grey-green with creamy variegation. Origin Konijn Nsy, Heemstede, Netherlands, 1940.
Low, flat, spreading bush with long shoots. Leaves rich green. Usa, 1970s.
Very compact, leaves orange-yellow. Originating as sport of 'Pfitzeriana Aurea' in nsy of f.j. Grootendorst &Sons, Boskoop, Netherlands.
Similar to 'Pfitzeriana' but slightly flatter in form with rich golden tips at their best in summer. Originated as a sport on 'Pfitzeriana', D. Hill Nsy, Dundee, Illinois, USA, 1923.
More compact than 'Pfitzeriana' and with a more upright growth habit and greater proportion of prickly juvenile leaves. Introduced by Bobbink &Atkins Nsy, Rutherford, New Jersey, usa, 1930.
As 'Pfitzeriana' but leaves silvery blue, the foliage very prickly. Origin unknown but listed in the usa in 1940.
S Goldrift' a compact version of 'Pfitzeriana Aurea' with mostly juvenile foliage. Australian Origin.
Many widespreading branches drooping slightly at the tips. Leaves mostly semi-adult and slightly prickly. Known in cultivation for over 100 years. Origin Germany.
Name used, largely in usa, for a selection very similar, if not identical, to 'Mint Julep'.