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Sargent Juniper

Sargent juniper is a fast growing evergreen shrub that is perfect for groundcover. The bright green foliage maintains its greenness all winter long. The green has just a hint of blue to darken it. It easily withstands many conditions that many plants cannot tolerate like heat and salt.

It is very hardy and low maintenance. This plant hails from the shores of Japan and it does particularly well in rocky coastal soil. It is also a great candidate for bonsai.

Left to its own devices, this juniper will grow up to 24 inches tall and 7 or 8 feet wide. The mounding growth habit is attractive with its pointed branches that form a thick mat of green. The prostrate branches hug the ground.

This plant is often used in both residential and commercial gardens since it requires little care to look nice all year long.

Using the Sargent In Your Landscape

Sargent juniper is a wonderful midlevel ground cover. Use it on slopes, in areas with poor soil or wherever you need a plant for erosion control. It grows quickly to cover an area. This is a terrific bonsai plant.

Its fast growth rate lets you see results much faster than with a slower growing specimen. Use it in borders or to edge yards. They look nice along a pavement and in mass plantings. This low maintenance juniper is a gardener's dream.

Planting And Care

Sargent juniper is easy to care for. Once you have it planted in full sun, water it deeply every once in awhile. It will become somewhat drought tolerate as it gets established. This shrub does wonderfully in hot weather and freezing temperatures. Coastal winds don't harm it.

It prefers rocky, thin soil to rich soil, though it will adapt well as long as the soil isn't constantly wet. This variety of juniper is resistant to juniper blight as well as to deer and rabbits.

Pruning is only necessary to remove damaged branches, unless you're making a bonsai, in which case Sargent juniper tolerates heavy pruning well.

When planting in the garden, mulch is helpful to keep weeds down while the juniper grows. Plants should be spaced 6 to 8 feet apart for mass plantings.

Where to Buy

If you would like to buy online, Nature Hills Nursery carries theSargent juniper and many other species of junipers.

Juniper Information

  • Scientific Name: Juniperus chinensis 'Sargentii'

  • Best Soil: Widely adaptable

  • Light: Full sun

  • Growth Rate: Rapid

  • Foilage: Evergreen; Green

  • Mature Size and Shape: Grows to 18 to 24 inches tall and up to 7 to 9 feet wide in a spreading habit

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  • Hardiness Zone: 5 - 8

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