Juniperus squamata ‘Hollywood Juniper’ – Singleseed Juniper – Squamata Juniper- Sabina – Juniper


Juniperus – Sabina – Juniper

There are about 60 species of slow growing and long lived, coniferous shrubs and tall trees in this genus.  They are the most drought hardy genus of all conifers.  They occur from dry forest and hillsides throughout the Northern Hemisphere.   Juvenile leaves are usually needle like or narrowly wedge shaped, and ¼-½” long.  Adult leaves are usually scale like and overlap, either lying flat along the shoots or spreading, and 1/16-¼” long. Both juvenile and adult leaves exude a pungent, somewhat pleasant smell when crushed.  In most cases, male and female cones are borne on separate plants: male cones are spherical to ovoid, yellow, and to ¼” across, females develop into usually spherical, fleshy, berry like fruits, 1/8-½” across, with 1-10 seeds, and are persistent, generally ripening over 2 to 3 years.  Junipers tolerate to a wide range of soils and conditions, and are useful for hot, sunny sites.  Use as specimen plants in a rock garden and prostrate species as a groundcover.  Contact with the foliage may aggravate skin allergies.

Easily grown in any well drained soil, including dry, chalky, or sandy soils, preferably in full sun or in light, dappled shade.  Junipers need little, if any, pruning, other then sculpting or to restrain spread.

Prone to leaf miners, bark beetles, scale insects, aphids, mites, caterpillars, bagworms, phomopsis twig blight, gymnosporangium rust (cedar apple rust), dieback, canker, lesion nematodes, brown felt blight, and a variety of heart rot and wood rots.

J. squamata ‘Hollywood Juniper’ – Singleseed Juniper – Squamata Juniper – This extremely variable species is usually seen as a prostrate shrub from the mountains of Northeastern Afghanistan, Himalayas, and Western and Central China grows 30” tall and 3-25’ feet wide. It has flaky, rust brown bark. It produces narrowly wedge shaped, sharply pointed, entirely juvenile leaves that are dark green to silvery blue-green, each with a bright blue-white band, are carried in whorls of threes. It produces ovoid, glossy black fruit.

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