Juniperus davurica

(Photo by Shenice Price)

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Taxonomy (1,2)

Classification: Gymnosperm
Family: Cupressaceae
Common name: Parson's Juniper, Dahurian Juniper

General Information (1,2)

Region of Origin: Central Asia, Siberia, Japan
USDA Plants Hardiness Zones: 4-11

  • Size: 2-3 feet
  • Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen

Diagnostic Characteristics

Leaves (2,3)

  • Shape: Needle, scale-like
  • Other: Blue-green, 0.5 inch

Stem/Bark (3)

  • Color: Rust brown
  • Texture: Flaky

Seed Cone (3)

  • Color: Blue-black

Horticultural Information (2)

  • Light: Full sun to partial shade
  • pH: Acidic to slightly alkaline
  • Landscape Uses: Groundcover
  • Other: Drought tolerant, salt tolerant

Interesting Facts (2)

  • Popular for bonsai


1) Dirr, M. (1998). Manual of woody landscape plants: Their identification, ornamental characteristics, culture, propagation and uses (5th ed.). Champaign, Ill.: Stipes Pub.
2) Steve Christman. (06/20/97). Juniperusdavurica 'Parsonii'. Floridata. April 2, 2013, from
3) Lancaster Farms, Inc. (n.d.). Parsoni Juniper. Lancaster Farms. April 2, 2013, from

Prepared by Shenice Price as a course requirement for BIOL 3630/5630, Spring 2013
Edited by Jessica Bartek