Parsoni Juniper

Parsoni Juniper

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Uses Groundcover
Common Names Parson’s Juniper, Parsonii Juniper
Scientific Name Juniperus chinensis
Cold Hardiness Extremely cold hardy
Light Needs Likes full sun
Flower Color No flower
Water Needs Drought Tolerant
Leaves Light blue-green
E/D Evergreen
Mature Height 2 Feet
Growth Rate Moderate sprawling

Well-known for it’s vigorous and hardy growth patterns, juniper is one of the best ground covers around today. Its graceful, lacey branches hug the ground and, in the right setting, they almost give the impression of jungle fern. It is an evergreen conifer, with scaly branches and needle-like leaves. The foliage has been described as bluish-green and grow in a domelike mound up to 2-3 feet tall, but they can spread up to 4-10 feet!

Parsoni Juniper

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Originally from central Asia, Siberia and perhaps Japan, they do well in the Orlando area landscapes and can survive both weather extremes. Even as a great ground cover, it makes a beautiful edging with its feathery branches creating an organic look—if you like that look. Juniper is also one of the popular evergreens for bonsai fans. With a large variety of this species (there are more than 200), many landscapers mix and match to give the display some depth—very handsome.

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