Juniperus chinensis is a juniper that grows as a shrub or tree with a very variable shape, reaching 1–20 m tall. It is native to China, Taiwan, Myanmar, Japan, Korea and the Russian Far East.
Juniperus chinensis is a coniferous evergreen shrub. The leaves grow in two forms, juvenile needle-like leaves 5–10 mm long, and adult scale-leaves 1.5–3 mm long. Mature trees usually continue to bear some juvenile foliage as well as adult, particularly on shaded shoots low in the crown. This species is often dioecious, either male and female plants, but some individual plants produce both sexes of flowers. This popular ornamental tree or shrub in gardens, parks, and in tough coastal conditions of hot sun and sandy fast draining soils, has more than 100 named cultivars selected for various characters