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JUNIPERUS communis 'Effusa'

Image of Juniperus communis 'Effusa'

Bosh Bruening

Family

Cupressaceae

Botanical Name

JUNIPERUS communis 'Effusa'

Plant Common Name

Common Juniper

General Description

‘Effusa’ features prostrate, woody branches covered with scaled, evergreen, blue-tinted foliage. It is a variety of common juniper (Juniperus communis): an adaptable, highly variable species found in a broad range of habitats throughout the northern hemisphere. Its diversity in form has led to the creation of numerous cultivars of different shapes, sizes and color variations. Female plants of common juniper produce small, bluish, berry-like fruits which have long been used as a flavoring for gin.

An easy, low-maintenance plant, ‘Effusa’ prefers full sun and average, well-drained soil. Although extremely cold-hardy, this variety is not as drought tolerant as many other junipers, and appreciates regular moisture. Its low, spreading form and attractive, blue-green foliage make it ideal for use as a groundcover for sunny locations.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    6 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    2 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Needled or Scaled Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    9"-18" / 22.9cm - 45.7cm

  • Width

    4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m

  • Native To

    World/Pandemic

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Prostrate/Trailing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Fruit Color

    Blue

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Gray Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Exfoliating

  • Usage

    Groundcover, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No