Juniperus sabina     
Cupressaceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


Form: varies greatly between varieties; spreading shrub, sometimes upright, or groundcover
Seasonality: evergreen
Size: differs with varieties, anywhere from 1 to 6ft, spread 5 to 10ft
Leaves: green, scale when mature; new growth more awl-like
Flowers: insignificant
Fruit: tiny cone, like a nodule with layers; 1/4in long; brownish to bluish; not typically seen
Stems/Trunks: dense foliage unless pruned to expose trunk
Range/Origin: uncertain; long in cultivation
Hardiness: to single digits

close-up of leaf
leaf form



an old-fashioned landscape plant, common in establish landscapes but not currently popular
prone to spider mites
many different varieties available, extremely difficult to distinguish

Some important cultivars:

'Broadmor' rounded form, height 2-3ft, spread 10ft
'Arcadia' more upright, vase form, branches usually at 45° angle to ground
'Buffalo' groundcover type, height 12in spread to 8ft
'Tamariscifolia' height 1.5ft, spread 10-20ft, very widely used
Juniper shrub
Juniperus sabina

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