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Juniperus rigida

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Needle Juniper (Juniperus rigida) at Alsip Home and Nursery

Needle Juniper

Needle Juniper

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  20 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  Temple Juniper

Description:

An interesting upright juniper with very distinctive droopy foliage and a strong central leader, makes a most interesting accent or specimen evergreen in the landscape; underutilized but worthy of greater use

Ornamental Features

Needle Juniper has green foliage which emerges light green in spring. The needles remain green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Needle Juniper is an open evergreen tree with a strong central leader and a rounded form and gracefully weeping branches. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Needle Juniper is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent

Planting & Growing

Needle Juniper will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This tree 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 considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Articulation 
Applications
Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features