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Hedgehog spruce Juniperus communis 'Echiniformis'

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jew-NIP-er-us KOM-yoo-nis
Description

Hedgehog Juniper was introduced by S.J. Rinz nursery in Frankfurt Germany in the late 1880's. 

This dwarf specimen is a rounded Chinese juniper in the cypress family with a dense, short branching pattern. This slow-growing plant has a bluish-green color with needle-like juvenile foliage and grows 16 inches high and 16 inches wide.

Grow this plant in full sun in average, well-drained garden soil. It is drought tolerant and prefers being on the dry side. Use in a rock garden, container, as a ground cover or border. It is also used in bonsai.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Insects that may damage this juniper include bagworms, web worms, and scale.  Blight and rust issues are common on junipers

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#evergreen#hardy#full sun tolerant#drought tolerant#low growing#shrub#slow growing#blue green needles#bonsai#dwarf#deer resistant#prickly#groundcover#rock garden#poor soils tolerant#self-fertile#container plant#dense growth
 
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#evergreen#hardy#full sun tolerant#drought tolerant#low growing#shrub#slow growing#blue green needles#bonsai#dwarf#deer resistant#prickly#groundcover#rock garden#poor soils tolerant#self-fertile#container plant#dense growth
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Juniperus
    Species:
    communis
    Family:
    Cupressaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Germany
    Play Value:
    Defines Paths
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Mounding
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
    Appendage:
    Prickles
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    No flowers.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Prickly
    Leaf Type:
    Needles
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Whorled
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Short needle-like juvenile blue-green foliage.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Very short, dense branches.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Patio
    Slope/Bank
    Small Space
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Dry Soil