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Shore Juniper Juniperus conferta

Previously known as:

  • Juniperus rigida var. conferta
Phonetic Spelling
jew-NIP-er-us kon-FARE-tah
Description

This Juniper is native to Japan and is often referred to as shore juniper as it prefers a dry, sandy soil in full sun; though they will adapt to other average to poor soils if well-drained. It does well in dry and hot conditions and resists urban pollutants, but does not tolerate wet roots.  The plant spreads low to the ground at 10-18 inches high with splitting, branched stems as wide as 6-8 feet so can be grown as a groundcover. Since this creates a dense mat when planted too close, plant 6' on center. It can be insect and disease-prone in some situations if stressed by a wet and rainy period. This plant is seldom damaged by deer and is drought tolerant.

The evergreen foliage is of attractive, fragrant, blue-green needles in groups of three; though some varieties are silver to yellow in color.  They produce seed in a berry-like cone which is black when immature and silvery at maturity.  

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
'All Gold', 'Blue Lagoon', 'Blue Pacific', 'Golden PacificTM', 'Silver Mist', 'Variegata'
Tags:
#evergreen#lawn alternative
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
'All Gold', 'Blue Lagoon', 'Blue Pacific', 'Golden PacificTM', 'Silver Mist', 'Variegata'
Tags:
#evergreen#lawn alternative
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Juniperus
    Species:
    conferta
    Family:
    Cupressaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Japan
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 4 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Prostrate
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Fruit Description:
    .3-.5" glaucous purplish fruit.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Prickly
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Bright apple-green color, .5" awl-shaped needles are crowded on the stem. Whorls of three, prickly.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No