The Q&A Archives: Will A Mint Julep Juniper Do Ok In A Shady Area?

Question: The growing suggestions on your card for Mint Julep says that the Mint Julep Juniper prefers full sun. We have a place that is shaded by a latice overhang where this shrub would look nice. Summers are very hot here in Bakersfield, so I am wondering how this Juniper might do in the hot summer weather in this shaded area. In the Fall and Spring when the sun drops in the southern sky this shaded area gets direct sunlight.

Answer: Junipers require full sunshine in order to remain healthy. The situation you describe (filtered light for part of the day) might be fine. The concerns are: How shady is the site, what's the spacing between the lattices, how many hours per day will the plant be shaded? If shadows are still cast under the shaded area during most of the day, it's probably bright enough to keep the juniper happy. Junipers thrive under hot, dry conditions so your summer weather won't phase them a bit. If you have your heart set on a Mint Julep, try keeping it in a container under the lattice. If it begins to look stressed you can move it to a sunnier site. Hope this information helps you decide whether the plant is right for your situation!

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