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Care of the plant Juniperus conferta or Shore juniper.

Care of the shrub Juniperus conferta or Shore juniper

The Juniperus genus, Cupressaceae family, comprises 60 species of shrubs and trees native to the Northern Hemisphere. Some species are: Juniperus conferta, Juniperus communis, Juniperus chinensis, Juniperus californica, Juniperus oxycedrus, Juniperus osteospermaJuniperus phoenicea, Juniperus horizontalis, Juniperus squamata, Juniperus drupacea, Juniperus thurifera, Juniperus x pfitzeriana (hybrid), Juniperus brevifolia.

Common name: Shore juniper. This species is native to Japan.

They are creeping shrubs that reach 30 cm (0.98 feet) in height. The reddish branches extend horizontally up to 2 meters (6.56 feet). The foliage is bluish-green and consists of small needle-like leaves. The cones (fruits) they produce are quite decorative.

They are used to cover slopes, dry or sandy areas of the garden and low walls, in rockeries and in pots. They are ideal for coastal gardens and cities due to their resistance to pollution.

Juniperus conferta grows in full sun or light shade exposure. They resist prolonged frosts.

They can be grown in any type of soil that has good drainage, even on calcareous soils.

They are resistant to drought but not to flooding; water moderately, waiting until the substrate is almost dry.

They do not need fertilizers or pruning.

They are plants resistant to pests but sensitive to excess moisture.

They propagate from cuttings in fall or by layering. The branches are so creeping that they can bend spontaneously.

Images of the shrub Juniperus conferta or Shore juniper

Juniperus conferta
Juniperus conferta
Juniperus conferta