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PlantFiles: Common Juniper
Juniperus communis 'Compressa'

Family: Cupressaceae (koo-press-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Juniperus (jew-NIP-er-us) (Info)
Species: communis (KOM-yoo-nis) (Info)
Cultivar: Compressa

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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1 positive
1 neutral
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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Wassercom On Apr 12, 2008, Wassercom from Northbrook, IL wrote:

Planted several 1 and 2 gallon specimens in the spring of 2007. Grew nicely through the summer, but suffered from rather severe winter burn this past winter. They are growing in an exposed location; will try protecting them with burlap this coming winter.

Positive keepster On Dec 4, 2003, keepster from Elgin, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

Compressa is a dwarf, upright, narrow, cone-shaped form of common juniper. It is a very slow growing evergreen shrub (1-2 per year) which typically reaches only 2-3 tall after 10 years. Awl-shaped dark blue-green foliage. Male and female flowers are on separate plants (dioecious). Female fruits (berry-like cones) of the species are used to flavor gin.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fresno, California
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Cleveland, Ohio

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