Contributors: J.R. Baker, Extension Entomology Specialist; D.M. Benson, Plant Pathology,
Professor; L.F. Grand, Plant Pathology, Professor; R.K. Jones, Extension Plant Pathology
Specialist; M.A. Powell, Extension Horticulture Specialist; D.L. Stephan, Extension Entomology
Specialist; J. Scott, North Carolina Department of Agriculture; H. Singletary, North Carolina
Department of Agriculture
Junipers have excellent tolerance for adverse conditions. Junipers generally grow well in full sun
and well drained soil. They will grow in a variety of soils, although they really do not like wet
feet (especially shore juniper). During "droughty" periods in typical North Carolina
summers, they withstand the heat and dryness much better than most ornamentals.
Junipers do not tolerate severe pruning. This makes it necessary to determine the growth pattern
of a particular juniper before planting. The juniper can be "tip-pruned" and
"thinned," but should not be cut back to large limbs and expected to rejuvenate itself.
A partial list of junipers which grow well in North Carolina can be found in Cultivars.
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