The semi vase-shaped form, with a somewhat spreading habit, adapts easily to most plantings; a wonderful evergreen background for other plant colors.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:ju-NIP-er-us sa-BI-naPlant type:ConiferDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:SpreadingGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing to 4 to 6 ft. high, 5 to 10 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Does not flowerDesign IdeasSavin Juniper is upright with horizontal branching that takes well to long narrow planters. It can be used as a divider between close driveways, where it stands up to the worst treatment. Can be grouped in threes to fives for an island of foliage surrounded by more seasonal plantings. With its moderate height, it will never grow too tall to see over when planted as a hedge. An excellent choice for very cold winter regions, where evergreen color in the dormant season is rare.Companion PlantsCombine Savin with hardy evergreen trees that have a conical habit such as Chattanooga Blue Spruce (Picea pungens 'Chattanooga') or Green Columnar Juniper (Juniperus chinensis 'Hetzii Columnaris') for a golden vertical accent. Combine with the big bright-berried Yukon BelleTM Pyracantha (Pyracantha angustifolia 'Monon') or, for foliar contrast year-round, try the bronze-leafed Sparkle Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'Sparkle').
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- History & LoreHistory:This juniper is native to eastern Europe to Asia and Siberia. Though it has been well known since the 18th century, it was not cultivated widely until the 20th century due to juniper blight disease. Resistant seedlings were developed in Leningrad, USSR in 1933 and imported by D. Hill Nursery of Dundee, IL. Of these only three were selected and these constitute the ancestry of all plants grown today and their cultivars.Lore:All parts of the plant are considered poisonous and therefore used as a medicinal only under dire circumstances.