Juniperis communis


Common Juniper

Evergreen, dioecious conifer tree of variable habit with brown-red bark. Upright forms grow up to 15m high, groundcover forms grow up to 4m wide. Leaves are scale like and pungent when crushed. Foliage colour is typically blue-green, with golden and grey-blue foliage in some varieties. Fleshy, green berries take up to three years to ripen to black.


Ornamental tree suitable for gardens and parks. Spreading forms are suitable for rock gardens. Berries are used as a medicinal herb and as a flavouring in gin.


Prefers full sun and well-drained soil. Typically tolerates frost and lime soil, but hardiness depends upon variety. Suitable for hedging, but avoid cutting into old wood. Propagate by seed or by cuttings in winter.


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Book: ‘Growing Conifers’ by John Mason is available through Courses on Conifers and Landscape Design are available through Australian Correspondence Schools, see

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