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Juniperus communis Compressa


Forms a dwarf compact column

One of the best of small conifers, with prickly, tightly packed grey-green leaves and neat upright growth.


A slow growing conifer perfect for a sunny open spot in a rock or gravel garden, it looks good in a container too.


Very hardy and happy in any well-drained soil, and able to cope with drought once established. Unhappy in waterlogged soils. Use a good quality potting compost for container growing.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Conifer
Foliage colour
Typically available January - December
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 80 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 40 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 15 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H7

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Rock garden, Gravel garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Patio container

Typically available

From January to December