Trees and shrubs

Juniper: a very ornamental shrub


Juniper is a very pretty little conifer, well known for its alcoholic berries, also known as juniperus.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Juniperus communis
Family : Cupressaceae
Type : Conifer

Exposure : Sunny or partial shade
Ground : Well-drained, ordinary
Cut : 1 to 3 meters

Foliage : Persistent -Flowering : Spring

  • Health: benefits and virtues of juniper

Planting juniper

Juniper is best planted at autumn to facilitate rooting and therefore recovery in spring.

But you can also plant in spring watering a little more at the beginning.

Note that juniper tolerates virtually all types of soil and behaves just as well in fairly humid environments as in times of drought. But it needs a well-drained land where water does not stand.

  • Follow our tips for planting a juniper tree.
  • Juniper is not afraid of frost since it can withstand temperatures close to -30 °

Juniper grows slowly but its resistance to disease and drought make it an ideal shrub for those who don't want to spend too much time in the garden.

Care and pruning of juniper

Caring for juniper is very easy because it hardly requires any care.

The size is not recommended too especially since what makes juniper so beautiful is its pretty natural harbor, whether columnar or spread.

If you need to prune it to reduce or balance the antlers, do so at the beginning of summer and avoid pruning too close to the trunk and prefer a lightweight size rather than a strong drawdown.

Juniper can easily be pruned into bonsai but also be subject to topiary, the latter has absolutely no fear of being pruned into the desired shape.

To know about juniper

Here is a conifer that adapts equally well to soil cultivation that at culture in container, on a terrace or a balcony.

Particularly appreciated for its dense foliage and its beautiful bark, juniper is also appreciated for its large resistance to all types of soil and that at Pollution.

Counting one large number of varieties and species, there are so many different shapes and foliage available to you for decorate a border, a rockery, cover the ground or adorn a bin on your terrace for example.

Juniper berries are found in certain alcohols such as juniper, of course, but also Gin, or even certain beers. In cooking, berries are also used to flavor dishes with peppery notes.

  • Health: benefits and virtues of juniper

Smart tip

Juniper has a slow growth, no need to use it to quickly hide yourself from prying eyes.

We can consider that this is really a purely ornamental conifer.


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