39 results found for: Juniper

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Native Junipers You Should Know

Native Junipers You Should Know Juniperus virginiana and Juniperus communis – we have a boatload of these plants and they are really nice! I remember growing Juniperus virginiana and Juniperus communis years ago and they didn’t look as good as they do today. The bottom needles would turn brown and […]

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Star Power™ Juniper

Star Power™ Juniper Juniperus x ‘J.N. Select Blue’ Description & Overview A Johnson’s Nursery origination; J.N. Plant Selections introduction, Star Power™ Juniper is the fastest growing upright juniper we’ve evaluated in our fields, surpassing even Mountbatten Juniper! Its name comes from the blue-green, star-like juvenile foliage that gives the tree […]

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Trautman Juniper

Trautman Juniper Juniperus chinensis ‘Trautman’ Description & Overview Trautman Juniper is one of our favorite Juniper selections. Selected by the late Herbert Trautman for its compact size and coarse texture, this evergreen is a great choice for tough sites or those with space restrictions. Berry-like cones in fall add winter […]

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Oldfield Common Juniper

Oldfield Common Juniper Juniperus communis var. depressa Description & Overview Oldfield Common Juniper is a Wisconsin native groundcover evergreen. It’s a cold hardy, shrubby evergreen which inhabits the sandy hills of the Kettle Moraine and the clay bluffs along Lake Michigan. Ours are produced from locally collected seed. This plant […]

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Taylor Juniper

Coming soon! We’re currently writing the plant profile for Taylor Juniper. Please check back later.

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Creeping Juniper

Creeping Juniper is a Wisconsin native evergreen, sprawling in form and adaptable to a range of conditions. Green to blue-green scale-like needles are tinged with a unique purple tone in winter. Creeping Juniper is an excellent groundcover or when used along rock walls and slopes for erosion control.


Green Screens: Living Privacy Fence with Evergreens

Green Screens: Living Privacy Fence with Evergreens The first signs of spring bring me to our tree farm in Jackson. Our fields are full of trees for potential green screens to hide your neighbors, a shed, or whatever obstacle you want to block.Ben Franklin wrote, “Good fences make good neighbors”. […]


Introductions & Originations

Introductions & Originations Johnson\’s Nursery Originals; J.N. Plant Selections Introductions Johnson’s Nursery is proud to have numerous nationally recognized plants that originated in our fields. You may be familiar with trees and shrubs touting the cultivar names of ‘J.N. Select’, ‘J.N. Upright’, or ‘J.N. Select A’. These are plants that […]


Fungus Among Us

Fungus Among Us There is more going on with autumn leaves besides the color changes of yellow, orange, and red – fungus. September is when fungal spotting has reached its peak, causing many of your favorite plants to defoliate or go dormant early.See, in spring, fungal spores are everywhere, dancing […]

Urban Trees: Narrow Space Savers

Urban Trees: Narrow Space Savers | Small – UNDER 15’ TALL Urban Trees: Narrow Space Savers A common theme we see in landscapes today are small spaces in need of vertical accents and urban trees. Whether you have a limiting lot size or an existing bed with a hole you […]

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Sporty Specimens

Sporty Specimens Sporty Specimens In the T.V. special \”It\’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown\”, Linus sagely muses, \”There are three things I have learned to never discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin\”. I think we could add sports team allegiances to that list. In my family, the […]

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Landscape Compatibility Test

Landscape Compatibility Test I was shopping at a Trader Joe’s recently for some groceries. I say groceries, but I really mean affordable bottles of wine. While checking out, the cashier asked to see my ID (haven’t been under 21 in a long time so I’ll take that as a compliment […]


Naughty Natives pt 1: Trees

Naughty Natives – Part 1: Trees Explaining why native plants are great could fill an entire library, trust me. However, sometimes people think that because a plant is native that must mean it is perfect, and all native plants are well-behaved and interact nicely with their plant buddies. This \”Naught […]

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Allelopathy Competition for light, water, nutrients and space can drive plants to extreme measures. Since they don’t really have the option to act as animals do, like eating one another or running away, they must resort to more subtle techniques. Some plants grow fast, relying on speed to get ahead […]

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Seasonal Needle Drop

Seasonal Needle Drop The cooler temperatures of autumn are approaching and while humans are putting on extra layers of clothes, evergreens are shedding their old needles. This annual occurrence is called “Seasonal Needle Drop” and is completely normal. Think of it like people shedding their hairs. So don’t panic when […]

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Deer Protection, Buck Rub & Resistant Plants

Deer Resistant Plants, Buck Rub & Protection Deer resistant plants is a very common topic in Wisconsin, especially in fall. It\’s often an initial question on new landscape projects of all sizes. Deer resistant, repellent, deterrent, and deer proof can all be used synonymously with the topic. Ultimately, fencing is […]

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Hedging & Shearing

Hedging & Shearing Hedging & Shearing Featured Image: Taxus x media \’Tauntoni\’, Taunton Yew **If you are unsure if this method is best for your plant, search for your plant here in our knowledgebase and scroll down to the maintenance section within the plant\’s profile.** When should you prune? – […]

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Going to Drought School – Class of 2012

Going to Drought School – Class of 2012 We talk about the drought of 2012, just like the old timers talk about the drought of ‘88, and the real old timers talk about the drought of ‘36. 2012 had an amazing stretch of weather, and just like the droughts of […]

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CSI: Milwaukee – Browning Evergreens

CSI: Milwaukee – Browning Evergreens What happened to the evergreens? The last three weeks I have been on assignment. I am leading an important investigation for Johnson’s Nursery on browning evergreens. Why are they brown??? Who or what caused this death of foliage? How could this happen? What was involved? […]

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Where Have All the Young Trees Gone?

Tree Shortages In The Nursery Industry Tree Shortages In The Nursery Industry This article was originally published in March 2015. Oh, so sad!!! So sad it is to hear me sing about the cold hard truth of shortages of young trees in nurseries. I know it is hard to fathom […]

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Trautman Plants

Trautman Plants The Legacy of Herbert F. Trautman at Johnson’s Nursery Herbert F. Trautman, has long been an important part of Johnson’s Nursery. Herbert influenced both Clark Johnson, the founder of Johnson’s Nursery, and his son Wayne Johnson, who built the nursery into a thriving business from 1970 through the […]

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Preventing Cedar Apple Rust

Preventing Cedar Apple Rust Preventing Cedar Apple Rust Cedar-apple rust is an interesting and complex disease involving alternating hosts to complete its lifecycle. This disease is caused by the fungus (Gymnosporangium juniperi-virginianae). Now that is a mouthful to pronounce and something great to discuss with guests while at a party […]

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Autumn Gold™ Ginkgo

Autumn Gold™ Ginkgo Ginkgo biloba ‘Autumn Gold’ Description & Overview Autumn Gold™ Ginkgo, is a versatile tree with unique fan-shaped leaves. Whether you’re looking for a low maintenance shade tree for your yard or a boulevard street tree, you’ll find Autumn Gold™ can accommodate a wide range of needs. Easy […]

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Magyar Ginkgo

Magyar Ginkgo Ginkgo biloba ‘Magyar’ Description & Overview Magyar Ginkgo is an excellent choice for parkways, a street tree, as well a lawn/shade tree. One of the best performers in our fields, this hardy tree will create longevity in your landscape. Tolerant of compact soils, heat, air pollution and salt […]

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Mariken Ginkgo

Mariken Ginkgo Ginkgo biloba ‘Mariken’ Description & Overview Compact and dense, this dwarf cultivar was discovered as a witch’s broom in Holland and has proven to be an excellent find. Bringing the longevity and staple yellow fall color true its Ginkgo species, but versatility as use as a small shrub-like […]

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Pusch Dwarf Norway Spruce

Pusch Dwarf Norway Spruce Picea abies ‘Pusch’ Description & Overview Pusch Dwarf Norway Spruce is a small, unique, slow growing conifer that works as a creative accent addition to rock, Zen and contemporary gardens. It introduces year-round interest to the landscape or garden with its dense needles and precious purple […]

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Smooth Sumac

Smooth Sumac Rhus glabra Description & Overview Smooth sumac is a Wisconsin native shrub. It’s a vigorous, colonizing shrub with great value to wildlife, and it will thrive in exposed and challenging sites such as roadway embankments where few other plants would survive. Perhaps not for the more refined garden […]

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Contorted Filbert

Contorted Filbert Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’ Description & Overview Twisted knotty trunks of Contorted Filbert make a unique ornamental statement in the landscape. Commonly referred to as Harry Lauder’s walking stick, this deciduous shrub provides winter interest with its gray gnarly (but in a good way) branch structure and dangling catkins. […]

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Hydrangea Vine

Hydrangea Vine Hydrangea anomala petiolaris Description & Overview Hydrangea Vine is one of the best flowering vines for shady areas. It produces clusters of aromatic, 6-10” flat-top white flowers in summer. Stems are a dark cinnamon-brown color with exfoliating bark that splits and peels. Fruit capsules remain throughout winter to […]

Engelmann Ivy

Engelmann Ivy Parthenocissus quinquefolia var. engelmannii Description & Overview Engelmann Ivy (aka. Virginia Creeper) is a large, fast-growing, five-leaved ivy. Overall this is a great grower and hardy to Midwestern zones, and while it’s not a true icy, it is a spectacular vine. The leaves start out as white and […]

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Top Selling Plants [2021 Update]

The top-selling plants of 2021 include a list of those most used plants by our customers including municipalities, land managers, and private homeowners. This is a fun insight into the most planted trees, shrubs, evergreens, perennials, and fruit trees in 2021.An amazing realization is that people are choosing Wisconsin native […]

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Staghorn Sumac

Staghorn Sumac Rhus typhina Description & Overview Staghorn sumac is a vigorous, colonizing small tree or large Wisconsin native shrub with great value to wildlife. It will thrive in exposed and challenging sites such as roadway embankments where few other plants would survive. It’s a low-maintenance plant (in natural or […]

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New Jersey Tea

New Jersey Tea Ceanothus americanus Description & Overview An attractive Wisconsin native sub-shrub for our prairies and open savannas. A blanket of white flowers in late June to July, and its attractive, deep green foliage makes this shrub sensational for mass plantings. A lover of full sun and well-drained soil, […]


Description & Overview Unusual small upright juniper with a weeping habit and prickly greenish-gray foliage. Fall to winter color takes on a bronzy-copper cast. Slow-growing and perfect as a specimen, accent, or focal point. Core Characteristics Mature Height: 5-10 feetMature Spread: 5-10 feetUSDA Hardiness Zone: 3Light Requirements: Full SunFeatures & […]

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Thornless Cockspur Hawthorn

Thornless Cockspur Hawthorn Crataegus crus-galli var. inermis Description & Overview This Thornless Cockspur Hawthorn is a deciduous tree that features a stunning, umbrella-shaped growth habit, spring flowers, fall fruit, and brilliant orange fall color. It’s incredibly versatile in most landscape styles. This is a naturally occurring variety of Cockspur Hawthorn […]