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Common Juniper*

Juniperus communis

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Common Juniper (Juniperus communis) at Classic Landscape Centre

Common Juniper foliage

Common Juniper foliage

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Common Juniper (Juniperus communis) at Classic Landscape Centre

Common Juniper

Common Juniper

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  6 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  2a

Description:

An upright, wide sprawling evergreen shrub with very pointy needles which often are streaked with interesting silvery blue lines, some discoloration in winter; powdery blue berries; extremely adaptable to poor soils and dry locations, very hardy

Ornamental Features

Common Juniper has green foliage. The needles turn coppery-bronze in fall. The flowers are not ornamentally significant. It produces blue berries from late spring to late winter.

Landscape Attributes

Common Juniper is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a shapely form and gracefully arching branches. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Common Juniper is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Common Juniper will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is native to parts of North America.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Groundcover 
Applications
Fruit  Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features