Prices include delivery to mainland UK. £50 minimum order. 9/5: Seed orders typically delivered inside a week, plug plants in around 3 weeks.

Juniper (Juniperus communis)

Juniper, Juniperus communis, is a small, slow growing, and short lived evergreen (usually up to 100 years). It's a pioneer species, disliking the shade. It was one of the first species to colonise Britain after the last Ice Age but is now in serious decline. Juniper's habit can vary markedly; in exposed conditions it is a low scraggy bush, but can grow to a neat column. Its dense spiky foliage provides a winter roost for birds and cover for small mammals, which also feed on Juniper berries. Generally it is a plant associated with light, well-drained soils. The plants we sell are grown in the UK from seed harvested here. Please scroll down for more information.
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Juniper (Juniperus communis)

Juniper berries were most famously known for flavouring gin, but these seem mainly to be a better sort of berry sourced from Italy. Its oil was also used, as an abortifacient, and crushed up plant given to horses as a pick-me-up. It burns with a pleasant cedar fragrance. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall recommends some rather good Juniper recipes in this Guardian article, together with a rather good supplier!

Think twice about junipers if you or your neighbours grow pears. Juniper-Pear Rust is becoming a common fungus that switches between pears and junipers in alternate years. When it attacks pear leaves, they drop early and the yield of pears is reduced. In some pear-growing areas of the USA the planting of junipers is illegal.

Plants For Sale

We usually supply Junipers as cell grown plants - like big plug plants - or pot grown. We are currently offering small cell grown plants or good sized plants in 3 litre pots.

Like all the native plants we sell, our junipers are British grown from UK origin seed.We're regularly and understandably asked for male and female plants, but the truth is they're impossible to sex at this age.

Suppliers: RV Roger

Size

  • Ultimate Height

    8m

  • Ultimate Spread

    4m

  • Time to Ultimate Height

    Over 20 years

Soil

  • Type

    Clay, loam, sand, chalk

  • pH

    Neutral, acid, alkaline

Situation

  • Position

    Sheltered or exposed

  • Sunlight

    Full or partial sun

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