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Juniperus communis

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Species Name: Juniperus communis
Common Name: Dwarf Juniper

Amazingly, this plant can handle full sun in southern California's inland valleys and the coast despite its northern/high elevation origins. Recommended for rock gardens, bonsai, and slope stabilization when mass planted.

Plant Family: Cupressaceae
Plant Type: Groundcover
Height by Width: 2' H x 6' W
Growth Habit: Low, dense, spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Occasional to moderate
Cold Hardy to: -10 degrees F
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Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Klamath Ranges, south through the Sierras.
Natural Habitat: Rocky or woody slopes, high-elevation forests. 5,700 - 10,000 ft elevation

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