Juniperus conferta

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Taxonomy (1)

Classification: Gymnosperm
Family: Cupressaceae
Common name: Shore Juniper

General Information (1)

Region of Origin: Japan
USDA Plants Hardiness Zones: 5-9
Growth Habit: Shrub

  • Size: 1-1.5 feet
  • Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen

Diagnostic Characteristics

Leaves (1,2)

  • Other: 1/4-5/8 inch, blue-green to yellow-green

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Seed Cones (1,2)

  • Size: 1/3-1/2 inch
  • Color: Dark blue to blue-black

Horticultural Information (1,2,3)

  • Light: Full sun
  • Soil type: Sandy
  • Landscape Uses: Ground cover
  • Other: Salt tolerant

Interesting Facts (3)

  • Sometimes girdled by mice


1) Dirr, M. (1998). Manual of woody landscape plants: Their identification, ornamental characteristics, culture, propagation and uses (5th ed.). Champaign, Ill.: Stipes Pub. Manual of woody landscape plants Micheal Dirr
2) Steve Christman. (06/20/97). Juniperus conferta. Floridata. April 1, 2013, from
3) USDA NRCS Northeast Plant Materials Program (n.d.). Juniperus conferta Parl.USDA. April 2, 2013. from

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