Juniperus communis var. depressa (Fr: genévrier commun déprimé | En: American common juniper)
Dwarf juniper (Juniperus communis var. depressa), is our local variety of Common juniper a shrub known throughout the northern hemisphere which is the Juniper most used for its berries (which are actually cones).
Growing up to a meter tall, this shrub has a wife spreading habit. Its foliage consists of needles, unlike other junipers which can have scale foliage.
Dwarf Juniper is a sun-loving plant that requires full sun exposure to thrive, although it can also tolerate partial shade. It is a drought-tolerant species that can grow in a wide range of soil types, from dry sandy soils to rocky, alkaline soils.
In the wild, Dwarf Juniper is an important food source for many wildlife species, including birds such as Cedar waxwings and small mammals that feed on its berries.
Height: 1 meter
Spread: up to 5 meters
Habitat: rocky soils, sandy coastal dunes
Sun requirements: full sun
Moisture requirements: drought-tolerant
Soil requirements: Various