• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow growing; reaches 1 ft. tall, spreading 6 to 7 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Carefree Groundcover
    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; reaches 1 ft. tall, spreading 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
    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. Space 5 ft. apart as groundcover; closer for faster coverage. Control weeds with mulch until the plants fill in.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
  • 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.