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Commonly known as Juniper
Well-known for its essential oil and culinary use (gin - from the Dutch genever) as well as its ornamental use as a garden plant in many forms from trees to rockery subjects.
Genus of 50-60 species of coniferous, evergreen shrubs and tall trees from dry forests and hillsides throughout the northern hemisphere.
J. communis is the UK native, found on moors, chalk downland, birch and pinewoods. A possible subspecies, hemisphaerica, very rare and on the Lizard peninsula is being propagated.
Evergreen - trees and shrubs. Juvenile leaves usually needle-like, adult leaves scale-like.
Conifer - male and female cones are borne, usually, on separate plants.
Partial shade - light, dappled shade.
May cause skin allergy or irritant - Having skin or eye contact with these plants could result in an allergic reaction, burning or rash.
Additional Features - Good to know - - various species for specimen plants, rock gardens and ground cover.
Pests & Diseases - aphids, scale insects, webber moth caterpillars, twig blight, honey fungus.
Place of origin - northern hemishpere.
Soil Conditions - Medium to light, fertile, well drained soil - - including chalky or sandy soils