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PlantFiles: Common Juniper
Juniperus communis 'Berkshire'

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

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)
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)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

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Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive conifers On Mar 7, 2006, conifers from Rock Island, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

I found this to be one of the best-looking dwarf conifers I had come across. It's foliage is a powdery-blue. It can be propaged through semi-hardwood, hardwood, and hardwood heel cuttings. It could also be grafted but that's not really applicable for this cultivar. More information about the Genus Juniperus is as follows:

To root Junipers (including most all rootable conifers) a mix of (4) parts perlite to (1) part peat moss is excellent and also very sterile. Bottom heat in the range of 68-72 degrees is desired and cuttings should be misted at least 4 times daily. A professional grower might mist them as often as twice an hour. Also, all Junipers are compatible among species for grafting purposes. Juniperus scopulorum can be a tough species as can Juniperus Virginia to root from cuttings so instead, it is commonly grafted to scopulorum (Rocky Mountain Juniper) rootstock/understock. The two most frequently used understocks for all Juniper grafting are the straight species scopulorum and Juniperous x phitzeriana Heitzi. Those that are successful rooting scopulorum also use scopulorum cuttings as rootstocks as they grow rapidly as a rooted cutting making a sizeable understock in a short period of time. (Source Coenosium Gardens)


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

Rock Island, Illinois

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