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.


Sandy said...

Do you know how well this shrub could be transplanted from a huge, bonsai potted specimen to the outdoors? Also, I read somewhere that the root ball needs to be pruned every-other-year, but I wouldn't want to do that once it was transplanted to a permanent location.
Thanks for any advise.

Gimmer said...

Sandy I don't know. I wish I could help you. This is a cultivar and I don't think it needs its root ball pruned but I don't really know too much about these. I am trying new things in my rock garden.

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