Juniperus procumbens 'Nana'

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Juniperus procumbens (Dwarf Jap Garden Juniper)

Dwarf Jap Garden Juniper

This low, wide-spreading ground cover has very fine-textured foliage that hugs the ground. The tallest part of the plant (about 12 inches tall) is usually the center where it was planted. The rest of the plant spreads at 4 to 6 inches above the ground. Old plants can spread to 12 feet or more.
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.
Despite its ground-hugging characteristic, it cascades over a wall poorly due to the stiff branching habit. It is best as a ground cover spaced 3 to 4 feet apart in a bed with a 3-inch-deep mulch layer. The mulch will help reduce weed growth while the slow growing juniper fills in the bed. It makes a nice bonsai subject.
It tolerates poor soils but grows best with some irrigation in very dry weather. It is sometimes infected with a blight unless grown in a full sun location. The plant will tolerate drought once it is well-established but will perish in wet soils.

6-12 Inches


36-12 Inches


USDA Hardiness Zone 4A to 10A

Characteristics & Attributes

Ground Cover
Mass Plant
Partial Sun/Shade
Growth Rate
Soil Moisture Needs
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