• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 4 to 5 ft. tall and as wide, or wider.
    Key Feature:
    Easy Care Plant
    Blooms:
    Conifer; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:ju-NIP-er-us chi-NEN-sis
    Plant type:Conifer
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 4 to 5 ft. tall and as wide, or wider.
    Foliage color:Light Green
    Blooms:Conifer; prized for foliage.
    Design IdeasUpright Juniper such as this are planted at corners of the house or in spaces between windows and beside doorways. Use as a single specimen either left to grow naturally or clipped into a formal shape. Great barrier hedges for driveway separation or to discourage pedestrian traffic. Makes a good hot or cold windbreak hedge for seating areas, but short enough so it won't block sunshine or views.
    Companion PlantsBarberry (Berberis); Rose (Rosa); Potentilla (Potentilla); Clematis (Clematis); Catmint (Nepeta); Maiden Grass (Miscanthus)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Highly adaptable and easy to grow in most well-drained soils; avoid overly wet conditions. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Apply a slow release fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune annually to shape.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    There are over sixty species in the genus Juniperus. This group was named for its point of origin, central and northern China where it grows in the mountains up to 10,000 feet. The Chinese produced a number of cultivars that found their way west early on, yielding an array of colors, forms and sizes. Extensive breeding ensued in the United States and Canada for more creative forms to flesh out the limited palettes of cold climate landscapes.
    Lore:
    Juniper berries were the original flavoring for gin and its oil has been utilized in a variety of industrial preparations.