• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow growing to 1 ft. tall, 6 to 7 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Easy Care Plant
    Blooms:
    Conifer; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:ju-NIP-er-us kon-FER-ta
    Plant type:Groundcover, Conifer
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growing to 1 ft. tall, 6 to 7 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Blue-green
    Blooms:Conifer; prized for foliage.
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Rustic
    Design IdeasBlue tinted Juniper are the most reliable plants for the excessive heat and drought of Southwestern low desert communities. Thrives in seacoast conditions or wherever the soil is thin. Use on slopes for coverage or erosion control, allow it to drape off retaining walls or cover unsightly transition zones at the edges of paving. A good source for dune stabilization. This plant's tolerance of extreme reflected heat makes it a good choice for near walkways and drives. Deer tend to avoid this plant.
    Companion PlantsBarberry (Berberis); Rose (Rosa); Clematis (Clematis); Catmint (Nepeta); Russian Sage (Perovskia); Maiden Grass (Miscanthus)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide well-drained soil. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. As a groundcover, space plants 5 ft. apart, (closer for faster coverage). Control weeds with mulch until the plants cover the area.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    J. conferta is native to the coastal areas on the north Japanese island of Sakhalin. Conferta is often thought to be a subspecies or variety of J. rigida, or Temple Juniper, which is native to China, Korea, Japan and southeast Russia.The common name of Temple Juniper was adopted from its use as a landscape plant around temples in Japan. The berries are a food source to birds.