Saturday, July 3, 2010
Dwarf Japanese Garden Juniper Scientific name: Juniperus procumbens 'Nana'
Newly Planted, Young Dwarf Japanese Garden Juniper
With it’s strong forming abilty, Japanese Garden Juniper makes a wonderful groundcover when it is allowed to hang over a wall, or allowed to cover a slope.
This evergreen perennial groundcover is a prostrate plant, which usually grows between 6”-12” tall and up to 5’ wide. The branches tend to intertwine and form a dense mat. The bright, bluish-green leaves are arranged in decussate whorls of three; all the leaves are juvenile form, needle-like, and are only ¼” long.
With time a mature plant can build itself up in height from the production of overlapping layers of foliage. In the winter the leaves often take on a slightly purplish color.
This species prefers full to partial sun and can tolerate a wide variety of soils and sites. It can be staked intially in order to form a cascading shrub. It is best left unsheared.
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