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Dwarf Japanese Garden Juniper

Juniperus procumbens 'Nana'

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Dwarf Japanese Garden Juniper (Juniperus procumbens 'Nana') at Gertens

Dwarf Japanese Garden Juniper

Dwarf Japanese Garden Juniper

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Dwarf Japanese Garden Juniper (Juniperus procumbens 'Nana') at Gertens

Dwarf Japanese Garden Juniper

Dwarf Japanese Garden Juniper

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  12 inches

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Japanese Garden Juniper

Brand:  Gertens

Description:

A spectacular and dependable groundcover for sunny locations, extremely low growing and mat-forming, spreads almost indefinitely, very adaptable; superb choice for a low groundcover when used in mass, considered one of the best by designers

Ornamental Features

Dwarf Japanese Garden Juniper is a dwarf conifer which is primarily valued in the garden for its broadly spreading habit of growth. It has attractive bluish-green evergreen foliage. The scale-like sprays of foliage are highly ornamental and turn plum purple in the fall, which persists throughout the winter. It produces blue berries from late spring to late winter.

Landscape Attributes

Dwarf Japanese Garden Juniper is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

This is a high maintenance shrub that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Dwarf Japanese Garden Juniper is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Dwarf Japanese Garden Juniper will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

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Ornamental Features