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Buffalo Juniper

Buffalo juniper is a ground cover that spreads over a wide area. It has soft, feathery foliage that is a nice bright green. It is easy to grow, even in coastal areas. This evergreen shrub looks great all year long. Plant it in full sun for the best results.

It grows at a moderate rate and will end up less than a foot tall although it may spread up to 8 feet. Junipers are great choices for poor soil areas or regions that suffer from summer heat or winter cold.

Using the Buffalo in the Landscape

Buffalo juniper is a creeping shrub that is most frequently used as a ground cover. Plant them using weed fabric to keep weeds to a minimum. They thrive in rock gardens, thin soil and on slopes where you are concerned about erosion.

Plant it so it will drape gracefully over retaining walls or to soften pavement edges.

Plant them with woadwaxen, English laurel, Scotch pine or pyracantha for a nice contrast.

Some people choose this plant for their borders or for mass plantings. The feathery branches create a wonderfully soft look. If you want to plant a xeriscape or low water garden, this juniper will be a good choice to add. It uses very little water once established.

Care and Planting Tips

Buffalo juniper loves full sun but will tolerate dappled sunlight. It tolerates a wide range of soils and will thrive in all but the wettest ones. Water your Buffalo juniper when first planted to it gets established.

After that it can tolerate drought conditions well. Apply new compost about once a year in early spring.

Junipers are sensitive to an overabundance of nutrients. Prune as desired. This plant can be shaped if you wish.

This plant is heat tolerant and does well even in coastal regions.

This juniper is susceptible to blight, so watch for signs of infection. This juniper is resistant to deer, rabbits and pollution. It does well in windy areas. It is very low maintenance.

It can cover a very wide area, so plant accordingly. It can be propagated easily by tip layering or mound layering.

Juniper Information

  • Scientific Name: Juniperus Sabina 'Buffalo'

  • Best Soil: Widely adaptable; does not like marshy areas

  • Light: Full sun

  • Growth Rate: Moderate

  • Foilage: Evergreen; bright green

  • Mature Size and Shape: Grows less than 1 foot tall and spreads out to 8 feet wide

  • Pruning: As desired

  • Watering: Widely adaptable; does not tolerate wet soil

  • Hardiness Zone: 3 - 7

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