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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.
EvergreenTrees and shrubs. Juvenile leaves usually needle-like, adult leaves scale-like.
Dwarf shrubTypically only grows to a maximum of one or two feet in height but there will be some exceptions.
Medium shrubTypically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
Additional FeaturesGood to knowVarious species for specimen plants, rock gardens and ground cover.Place of originNorthern hemishpere.
Buy Varieties of JUNIPERUS
miniature pencil-shaped conifer ideal for rock gardens
green prostrate, good ground cover
vibrant greenish-yellow foliage in spring turning through orange-yellow in autumn and bronze in winter
low and dense habit, foliage a striking greenish-yellow
grey-green foliage. Forms a dense mat
narrow columnar habit and striking blue grey colour
low growing spreading branches, blue grey foliage
an even more striking habit and colour than 'Skyrocket'