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Juniperus sabina var. davurica 'Expansa'

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Previously known as:

  • Juniperus davurica 'Expansa'
Description

An extremely tough, hardy, evergreen juniper variety with long, spreading, slender branches that grows 2'-3' high and 9' across. It has excellent heat tolerance and tolerates fair amounts of shade. It tolerates acidic to slightly alkaline soils and is salt tolerant. A very adaptable plant, but especially well suited for the harsh, high humidity of the coastal southeastern U.S. This variety holds good sage green color extremely well all year long, with virtually NO change at all in colder weather. This plant works well as an evergreen foreground plant, as an accent plant, as a lower-growing ground cover along borders or rocky banks and under trees, or as a foundation plant if there are at least 4 hours of full sun per day.  It is also good for erosion control or for use in areas like steep slopes. Full sun is required for best ground coverage. This plant is easy to transplant and has no serious pest or disease problems. This variety is a relatively fast grower and will cover 2'-3' in two growing seasons. Introduced in 1862 from Japan by Parson's Nursery in NY.

 

Quick ID Hints:

  • Stout, rigid primary branches grow horizontally above the ground, forming a mound
  • Secondary branches form attractive, flat, dense spray
  • Produces berry-like cones that are globose, 1/4", purplish-brown, and glaucous
  • Has awl and scale leaves that are a gray-sage green
  • Leaves have prominent glaucous markings around overlapping edges (alligator/reptilian-like)
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#sun#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#green#shade tolerant#salt tolerant#low maintenance#accent plant#erosion control#coastal#fast growing#cpp#mounding#transplant#deer resistant#foundation planting#groundcover#borders#blue green leaves#ground cover#fantz#japanese#berry
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#sun#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#green#shade tolerant#salt tolerant#low maintenance#accent plant#erosion control#coastal#fast growing#cpp#mounding#transplant#deer resistant#foundation planting#groundcover#borders#blue green leaves#ground cover#fantz#japanese#berry
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Juniperus
    Species:
    sabina
    Family:
    Cupressaceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Japan
    Wildlife Value:
    Mature plants produce juniper berries, which are eaten by birds & other forms of wildlife.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 4 ft. 0 in. - 7 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Shrub
    Habit/Form:
    Mounding
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Fruits produced by this plant are berry-like, globose, purple-brown with glaucous coating, and 1/4" in diameter.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves can either be awl or scale. They are a gray-sage green color with prominent glaucous markings around overlapping edges of adjacent scales (that are alligator/reptilian-like).
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Stems are stout. Rigid primary stems grow horizontally above the ground forming a mound. Secondary branches form attractive, flat, dense sprays.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Attracts:
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer