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Height: 12 inches
Spread: 7 feet
Hardiness Zone: 2b
A tough groundcover evergreen for home landscape and garden use; soft feathery dark green branches all season long; low growing, wide spreading and densely branched; shade tolerant; excellent in massing and groupings or as a groundcover.
Buffalo Juniper is a dwarf conifer which is primarily valued in the garden for its broadly spreading habit of growth. It has emerald green evergreen foliage. The scale-like sprays of foliage remain emerald green throughout the winter. It produces blue berries from late spring to late winter.
Buffalo Juniper is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.
This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Buffalo Juniper is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Buffalo Juniper will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 7 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.
This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.