Common Name: shore juniper
Origin/Ecology: Native to Japan and Sakhalin
Habit: Decumbent evergreen shrub. Dense, low-spreading, growing to 18″ tall and spreads by creeping, branched stems over time to 6-8′ wide.
Leaves: Attractive, aromatic, awl-shaped, blue-green foliage featuring spiny-pointed blue-green needles (to 5/8″ long) in groups of three.
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Flowers and Fruit: Fleshy, blackish, berry-like seed cones aquire a silvery bloom at maturity.
Water Use, Soil: Average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Intolerant of wet soils.
Exposure: Full sun.
Landscape Uses: Ground cover, rock gardens, foundations, slopes, mass plantings, cascading over retaining walls, sandy locations along coasts or dunes.
Limitations: Phomopsis twig blight, cedar-apple and other rust diseases, root rot, aphids, bagworms, twig borers, webworms, scale, spider mites, dieback, winter injury.