Juniperus × pfitzeriana 'Kallay's Compact'

Common Name: juniper 
Type: Needled evergreen
Family: Cupressaceae
Zone: 4 to 9
Height: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
Spread: 3.00 to 6.00 feet
Bloom Time: Non-flowering
Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Hedge
Leaf: Fragrant, Evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Other: Winter Interest
Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Erosion, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil, Air Pollution


Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerant of a wide variety of soils including clay. Intolerant of wet soils. Tolerant of some drought once established. Also tolerant of many city air pollutants. Pruning may help maintain compact habit.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Juniperus × pfitzeriana is a hybrid designation that includes certain cultivars that are crosses between J. chinensis and J. sabina. Such cultivars in the Pfitzer Group are sometimes commonly called pfitzer juniper.

Genus name comes from the Latin name for the juniper.

‘Kallay’s Compact’ is a dwarf, shrubby, pfitzer-type juniper that typically grows to only 3’ tall but spreads to 6’ wide with horizontally-spreading branching that forms a somewhat flat top. Adult, scale-like, medium green needles are soft to the touch. Foliage is attractive year round. Foliage is fragrant when crushed. Pollinated female plants produce fleshy seed cones (whitish-blue berries) that generally acquire brown tones as they mature over two years. Synonymous with and sometimes listed as J. chinensis ‘Kallay’s Compact’ and J. x media ‘Kallay’s Compact’.


Junipers are generally susceptible to tip and needle blights. Cedar-apple rust and related rust diseases spend part of their life cycle on junipers. Root rot may occur, particularly in wet, poorly drained soils. Canker may attack bark or main stems. Occasional insect pests include aphids, bagworms, webworms and scale.


Rock gardens. Foundations. Low hedge. Spreading ground cover shrub.