Juniperus communis Compressa (Common Juniper) 3l

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Common Juniper

Juniperus communis 'Compressa' is a very versatile, award winning dwarf conifer that makes a useful addition to any garden.

Attractive light green foliage is complimented by a white band on the underside of the leaves lending this shrub a handsome yet delicate look. Branches grow tightly upwards forming a narrow, upright cone shaped mass which makes it ideal for adding architectural structure to a rock garden or gravel planting. Juniperus 'Compressa' looks great combined with ground cover conifers where it's columnar form really stands out.  In a border it will slowly grow to 1m high. This fantastic dwarf conifer also looks great in a pot or an alpine trough where it will remain smaller because of the restricted root run.  A rock garden classic that will grow well in a sunny spot, where it is less likely to scorch than many other varieties.

A perfect upright punctuation adding interest both in a border or a pot.

Key Features

Plant Type: Conifer

Hardiness: H7 Very Hardy. Minimum temperature < -20

Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 1m x W 50cm (Mature age: 20 years)

Foliage Colour: Green

Fragrant Flower: No

Aromatic Foliage: Yes

RHS Award of Garden Merit: Yes

RHS Perfect for Pollinators: No

Foliage Type: Evergreen

Hazardous / Poisonous Information: Skin irritant

Soil Type: Chalky, Clay, Loam, Sandy, Acid, Alkaline

Soil Drainage: Well Drained

Light Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade

Planting Style: Rock Garden, Gravel & Drought Resistant Garden, Cottage Garden, Informal Garden, Containers.

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter

Plant Care & Advice

Juniperus 'Compressa' is tougher than many other conifers and will resist the scorching many suffer from in hot situations.

It is best grown in a sunny or partially-shaded position and will suit any aspect. Juniperus 'Compressa' will endure growing conditions that are difficult for many other shrubs, such as shallow soils, but will grow best in a soil that is well-drained. If planting in the ground, water well in its first growing season, but after this it will have a degree of drought tolerance as long as it has established well. If planting in a pot or alpine trough use a good soil based compost.

Plants in containers will need more frequent watering than those in the ground. Feeding is not necessary although an occasional feed in the first season and for those in pots will help with strong growth and longevity. No specific pruning is needed but any wayward branches can be removed to their bases.