Culture: 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 x pfitzeriana is a hybrid designation that includes certain cultivars that are crosses between Juniperus chinensis and Juniperus sabina. Such cultivars in the Pfitzer Group are sometimes commonly called pfitzer juniper. ‘Old Gold’ is a compact, spreading, evergreen shrub that typically grows 2-3′ tall and 4-5′ wide over the first 10 years. It is sometimes designated as a mutation or sport of ‘Pfitzeriana Aurea’. As the cultivar name suggests, it is noted for its bronze-gold foliage which retains good color throughout winter. Foliage is primarily scale like (adult) with some awl-shape (juvenile) needles. Zones 4 to 9.