Carpet Juniper (Juniperus communis)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Plant Height: up to 32 feet
Plant Spread: 3-9 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Edible to birds
Other: the fruit flesh is cones - galbulus, matures 18 months
Fruiting Time: Fall
Late fall or early winter
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Culinary Herb/Spice
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Other: ingestion of fruit irritates the kidneys, a seasoning for Gin alcoholic drink
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern

Harvesting Juniper BerriesHarvesting Juniper Berries
November 28, 2012

Edible common Juniper berries (Juniperus communis) turn from green to dark blue when ripe and to black when dried. To dry them, pick only ripe blue berries and allow to dry. Crush the dried berries well just before using; flavor will decline quickly when exposed to air. Three or four berries should flavor most dishes without being overpowering. Pregnant women and those with kidney problems should avoid Juniper berries due to their diuretic qualities.

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