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Plant Guide

Juniperus procumbens 'Nana'

Common Name
Dwarf Japanese Garden Juniper
CA Native
Plant Type
Ground Cover
8" - 12" x 4' - 5'
Flower Color
Not Significant
Bloom Time
Blue-Green Short Needles
Deer Resistant
Rarely Damaged
Wildlife Value
Growth Rate
Adverse Growth Factors
Special Features
  • Low Maintenance
Water Use
  • Low
Soil pH
6.5-7.5 (neutral)
  • Full Sun
Soil Type
Not Particular
Good Drainage
Description and Cultural Plant Tips

This versatile juniper is a dwarf slightly mounding variety with attractive, blue-green foliage. The branches radiate in all directions and spreads quickly to form a dense mat. Tolerates hot, dry conditions very well. Can be used as a ground cover on hillsides and slopes or as a lawn replacement. Looks especially good cascading over a low retaining wall or around a standing stone.

Plant slightly above soil grade in average, well-drained soil in a sunny location. Although this plant will tolerate some shade, it prefers a hot, sunny location. It is intolerant of wet soil and can develop root rot under those conditions. Water well after planting. Add mulch in a 2' - 3' diameter circle around plant.

Junipers are not susceptible to many serious diseases or pests. However, they are susceptible to Juniper Blight during especially wet springs. It can also attact spider mites. See the UC IPM website for treatment choices.

Master Gardener Comments

J. procumbens 'Greenmound' - low growing with light green foliage

 J. procumbens 'Variegata' - low growing with varigated foliage

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