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Care of the plant Juniperus brevifolia or Azores juniper.

Care of the shrub Juniperus brevifolia or Azores juniper

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

Common name: Azores juniper. This species is endemic to the Azores islands.

They are dioecious shrubs or evergreen trees of pyramidal bearing that reach 6 meters (19.68 feet) in height. The small needle-like leaves are light silvery green with a dark green central line. Male cones are yellow and b female cones are first green and then orange. They bloom in spring.

These slow-growing plants are used as isolated specimens and to form hedges and bushes. They are ideal for gardens by the sea.

Juniperus brevifolia prefers full sun exposure but also grows in semi-shade. They resist occasional frosts.

They grow in any well-drained soil whether it is limestone, poor or stony. Transplantation or planting is done in the fall or spring.

Water moderately all year long waiting for the substrate to dry completely. They resist drought well.

They do not need fertilizers or pruning; you only have to prune the dry branches.

They are quite resistant plants to the usual pests and diseases but they can be attacked by fungi if there is excess watering.

They are propagated from seeds sown in spring but it is a slow process.

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Juniperus brevifolia
Juniperus brevifolia