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Juniperus communis 'Hornibrookii'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conifer or Shrub

Habit

Mat forming

Fragrance

Leaf

Toxicity

Foliage may cause skin irritation

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Foliage

Green and Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1.5-2.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

juniper 'Hornibrookii'

Family

Cupressaceae


Juniperus can be prostrate or erect, evergreen shrubs or trees with aromatic, scale-like or sharply pointed awl-shaped leaves, and small globose fruits

'Hornibrookii' is a vigorous prostrate, evergreen conifer spreading to 2m or more. Foliage needle-like and prickly, grey-green with silvery-blue undersides

Synonym(s)

  • Juniperus communis var. hemisphera 'Hornibrookii'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in any well-drained soil. Junipers need little if any pruning. Useful in hot sunny sites. Good ground cover

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural, Gravel Garden, Ground Cover or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be attacked by aphids, juniper scale and caterpillars

Diseases

May be affected by a canker