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Emerald Sea Shore Juniper

Juniperus conferta 'Emerald Sea'

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Emerald Sea Shore Juniper (Juniperus conferta 'Emerald Sea') at Homestead Gardens

Emerald Sea Shore Juniper

Emerald Sea Shore Juniper

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Emerald Sea Shore Juniper (Juniperus conferta 'Emerald Sea') at Homestead Gardens

Emerald Sea Shore Juniper foliage

Emerald Sea Shore Juniper foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  24 inches

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Other Names:  Japanese Shore Juniper

Description:

Feathery branches of sharp blue-green needles; excellent as a fast spreading groundcover or in containers; also used in dune stabilization; good heat tolerance

Ornamental Features

Emerald Sea Shore Juniper has bluish-green foliage. The needles remain bluish-green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Emerald Sea Shore 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 is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Emerald Sea Shore Juniper is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Emerald Sea Shore Juniper will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in 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, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Emerald Sea Shore Juniper makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Rock  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Applications
Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features