Juniperus davurica 'Expansa'

Juniperus davurica (Parson's Juniper)

Parson's Juniper

This Juniper eventually grows to about 2-feet-tall in the center of the plant spreading to 12 feet or more in a mounded shape. The fine-textured foliage is borne on stiff branches delivering a soft texture to the landscape. The stiff branches grow close to the ground but will not cascade over a wall. Roots occasionally form where branches touch the ground. Secondary branches rise from the main branches forming a billowing, ground cover effect. Showy, blue fruit are periodically produced along the branches.

Natural habitat is dry and windy with full sun exposure. It looks best in an open site with no shade during the day. This allows the foliage to dry quickly in the morning and helps prevent foliage disease from thinning the canopy. A well-drained soil is essential for good growth. Wet soil rots the roots and causes plant decline.

This juniper is best used as a tall ground cover in the full sun. It is drought tolerant and well suited for planting on steep slopes such as bridge overpasses and other challenging sites. It is well suited for planting on large-scale landscapes such as commercial buildings, and can be used as a foundation plant on the south side of a building provided there are no trees shading the plants. Space plants 5 to 8 feet apart to form a ground cover. Closer spacing is not needed since growth is fairly rapid.

It looks best in an open site with no shade during the day. Plants receiving less than 4 hours of direct sun eventually thin and become unsightly. Full sun allows the foliage to dry quickly in the morning and helps prevent foliage disease from thinning the canopy. A well-drained soil is essential for good growth. Wet soil rots the roots and causes plant decline.


Height
12-24 Inches

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Spread
6-12 Feet

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USDA Hardiness Zone 6A to 10A

Characteristics & Attributes

Attributes
Ground Cover
Evergreen
Exposure
Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Growth Rate
Fast
Soil Moisture Needs
Average
Dry
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