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Foilage may irritate the skin upon contact. The leaves of J. chinensis, or Chinese Juniper, smell quite pungent.

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Tam Juniper   (Juniperus sabina)

Junipers are evergreen, coniferous shrubs and trees with distinctive female cone made of scales that fuse together to form a fleshy berry-like structure around a hard seed. They often have two types of leaves. The saplings have individual needle-like leaves, while adults have tiny, overlapping scale-like leaves.

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Plant Types: Groundcover, Perennial, Shrub
Light: Partial Shade to Full Sun
Height: 5 feet to 10 feet
Width: 8 feet to 12 feet
Zones: 4a to 7a
Leaf Color: Green
Special Features: Deer resistant, Not North American native
Shape: Spreading or horizontal, Upright or erect
Fertilizer: Composted Yard Trimmings
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Plant Care

Junipers are hard to propagate from the seed, as germination will take at most 5 years. Instead, use ripe cuttings or softwood cuttings. Take ripe cuttings between late fall and winter and root in a humid cold frame. Softwood cuttings should be gathered in summer.

Plant Growth:

Junipers are a large group of plants that thrive in various growing conditions. They range in size from low growing ground covers to large trees. Junipers do well with full sun, especially in areas with cool summers, or partial shade.


Bears cones, female and male on different plants. Female cones develop into fleshy fruits. The fruits take about 2-3 years to fully ripen.

Soil and Irrigation:

Thrives in any soil as long as it drains well. In climates with cool summers, no irrigation is needed. Avoid over watering if soil is not ideal and drains slowly.


Junipers require little to no pruning.


Frequent pests include aphids, mites, bark beetles, leaf miners, scale insects, caterpillars, bagworms, and lesion nematode. Other problems are rust, canker, dieback, twig blight, brown felt blight, and heart and wood roots, all of which are quite common.