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Juniperus sabina


Savin Juniper




Origin:  Southern Europe, West Asia and Siberia.
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Ideal evergreen to add depth in a garden plot year round, virtually maintenance free since it seldom requires pruning. Be wary of birds flying into your window after consuming large quantities of the poisonous berries.



Michael Pascoe, NDP., ODH., CLT., MSc. (Plant Conservation)

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Family
Cupressaceae
Genus
Juniperus
Species
sabina
Category
Woody
Type
Shrub (evergreen)
Pronunciation
USDA Hardiness Zone
3-7
Canadian Hardiness Zone
3-9
RHS Hardiness Zone
H7
Temperature (°C)
-34ºC - (- 40ºC)
Temperature (°F)
-30ºF - (- 40ºF)
Height
1.2 -4 m
Spread
1.5 -6 m
Photographs
Description and Growing Information
Flowering Period
March
General Description
A large wide spreading ground cover that is underused and tolerates the urban environment quite well. An ornamental specimen that offers a variety of ways in which it can be applied to a landscape setting.
Landscape
Accent specimen, topiary, hedge, border or mass planting are acceptable uses.
Cultivation
Provide an area with complete sun exposure to prevent spindly and loose foliage. Water 2.5 cm per week and stop watering in August. A rocky or sandy loam soil that is well drained is preferred but this species also tolerates most soil types.
Shape
Stiff vase shape, low growing shrub with a rounded form.
Growth
Slow
ID Characteristic
There is variability among the species, cultivars are often preferred over Savin Juniper because of their superior foliage characteristics. Despite its poor appearance it does well in hot, sunny and open conditions. A pungent oil is emitted when leaves are crushed.
Pests
Juniper tip blight, bag worm, mealy bugs, midges, Red Cedar Bark Beetle, web worms, White Juniper Scale, Cedar Quince Rust. Remove and burn infected branches to prevent further plant deterioration.
Habitat
Mountains of Southern Europe.
Bark/Stem Description
Reddish brown mature bark, juvenile bark is deep green; medium in texture.
Leaf Description
Juvenile scales like leaves appear in pairs, overlapping opposite one another on a branch. The branches become are sharply foliaged at maturity as a defence against potential predators.
Flower Description
A very unnoticeable flower occurs in late March to April.
Fruit Description
This dioecious plant produces small circular cones that ripen in autumn.
Colour Description
Dark green colouring all summer long, displays a dingy yellow appearance in the winter months: not purple.
Texture Description
Slight abrasions on the skin may occur from constant contact with the foliage of this plant. It is advised to wear a long sleeved shirt while performing any maintenance tasks on Junipers. Medium texture.
Propagation
From seedling or branch cutting of ripe wood in the spring or fall season. Balled and Burlapped and container grown specimens provide adequate stock for the limited demand of this plant in the landscape.
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