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Rock and Alpine Gardening: anyone know the growth habit of dwarf garden juniper "nana"

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eskinola
Glen Riddle Lima, PA

June 12, 2006
2:28 AM

Post #2380116

Hello,

I'm thinking of using nana juniper to cover a slope on my property (full sun exposure). Does anyone know juniper nana's growth habit when planted on slopes (mine is approximately about a 50 degree angle)? To be specific, I want to know if it grows downward, so that I shoud plant it near the top of the slope and it would cascade down, or if it grows from its center in all directions so that I should give it more than a foot of headroom at the top of the slope.

Thanks!

Joy
grampapa
Wheatfield, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 12, 2006
11:04 AM

Post #2380798

I have 3 that I planted a year ago and they look to be growing from the top down. I don't see any new shoots on any of the three pointing upwards.

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grampapa
Wheatfield, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 12, 2006
11:06 AM

Post #2380802

here's another

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grampapa
Wheatfield, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 12, 2006
11:09 AM

Post #2380808

and the 3rd. maybe someone will reply with longer experience. but these all have kind of an upside down U shape to them with the new growth pointing down

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eskinola
Glen Riddle Lima, PA

June 12, 2006
9:49 PM

Post #2382878

Thanks for the info and for the nice pics! Your junipers look great. How much have they grown, would you estimate, in that year?

Thanks,

Joy
grampapa
Wheatfield, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 12, 2006
10:22 PM

Post #2382968

not more than 2-3 inches, if that. they are slow growers, or would not qualify as dwarf. here's a pic of one from shortly after it was planted. they've really filled in. I think some of the longer of the new shoots are under the mulch.

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eskinola
Glen Riddle Lima, PA

June 12, 2006
10:30 PM

Post #2382985

Slow growing is fine with me... It lets me play with annuals/ other rock garden perennials in the meantime!
grampapa
Wheatfield, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 12, 2006
11:12 PM

Post #2383115

well, if you decide to go with 'Nana', enjoy. I love mine.

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