Juniper is a very cute little conifer, famous for its berries from which alcohol is made.
Juniper facts, a short list
Name – Juniperus communis
Family – Cupressaceae
Type – conifer
Exposure – full sun or part sun
Soil – well drained, ordinary
Foliage – evergreen – Flowering – spring
- Health: health benefits of juniper.
Juniper is ideally planted in fall to ensure root growth and thus proper settling in in spring.
However, you can also plant in spring and water a bit more at the beginning.
Note that juniper tolerates virtually all types of soil, and behaves exactly the same whether conditions are moist or during a full-blown drought. But it does require soil that is well drained where water won’t stagnate.
- Follow our tips on how to plant juniper
Care and pruning of juniper
Caring for juniper is very easy because it requires practically no care.
If you must prune it to reduce or balance the branches, do it at the beginning of summer and avoid cutting too near the trunk, and prefer light pruning instead of cutting back severely.
Learn more about juniper
Sought after for its dense foliage and beautiful bark, juniper appeals also in that it has an extremely high tolerance to all types of soil and to pollution.
With a great many cultivars and species, there is a wide range of different shapes and leaves for you to choose from to decorate along edges, on rocky ground, to cover the ground or to garner a garden box on your terrace if possible.
Varieties of Juniper
Creeping varieties, Juniperus horizontalis, for example, grows low for ground cover:
- Bar Harbor
- Plumosa Compacta
Eastern Red Cedar is another family of junipers that is particularly tough:
- Emerald feather
- ‘Glauca’ is blue
Smart tip about juniper
Juniper has very slow growth, don’t count on this if you wish to quickly cut off neighborly prying eyes.
You might consider that this is truly a purely ornamental conifer.