General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 6-24 inches
Plant Spread: 10-15 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: conifer
Fruit: Other: cones not seen on cultivated plants
Uses: Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Stolons and runners
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
Common names
  • Dwarf Japanese Garden Juniper
  • Japanese Garden Juniper
  • Decumbent Juniper

Photo Gallery
Location: Fairfax, Virginia (Outdoors)
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2022-05-10
mass of plants above a wall
Location: Fairfax, VA | April, 2023 
Date: 2023-04-01
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2022-05-10
looking over the foliage of the mass of plants together
Location: z5 MA
Date: 2011-10-13
Dense growth. My favorite speading Juniper.

Date: 2014-05-17
Photo courtesy of: david55king
Location: z5 MA, my garden
Date: 2011-10-13
30 yrs. old.
Location: Cantigny Gardens in Wheaton, Illinois
Date: autumn about 1984
groundcover group
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Date: 2007-12-18
Location: Missouri Botanical Garden, St Louis
Date: 2018-03-31
Location: 98108
Date: 2013-01-16
bonsai in frost
Location: Ecological Botanical Garden of the University of Bayreuth
Date: July
photo by El Grafo
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  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Apr 25, 2019 11:44 AM concerning plant:
    This Japgarden Juniper is commonly sold at Conventional nurseries for groundcover use in the Midwest, the Mid-Atlantic, the Northeast, and the upper South of the USA. Its foliage is bright or grayish green and all the needles are awl-shaped in threes, and the foliage is very spiny and prickly. It is nice to look at, but don't touch. It does best in full sun and an open siting. It does not seem to get the juniper blight that damages or kills some groundcover junipers.

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