Savin Juniper

Juniperus sabina

The semi vase-shaped form, with a somewhat spreading habit, adapts easily to most plantings; a wonderful evergreen background for other plant colors.
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Full sun

Once established, needs only occasional watering.

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Botanical Pronunciationju-NIP-er-us sa-BI-na
LoreAll parts of the plant are considered poisonous and therefore used as a medicinal only under dire circumstances.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing to 4 to 6 ft. high, 5 to 10 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeDoes not flower
Design 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Mediterranean
Growth HabitSpreading
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fruit Poisonous, Naturalizes Well, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, needs only occasional watering.
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').

Follow 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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 3-7

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