The common juniper may be a shrub or small tree. This is one of the most commonly found junipers throughout the world. It’s typically found in dry, rocky, wooded hillsides or exposed slopes. The oil from the fleshy cones is used as flavoring and to make gin.
This species is native to the Chicago Region according to Swink and Wilhelm’s Plants of the Chicago Region, with updates made according to current research.
- Family (English) Cypress
- Family (botanic) Cupressaceae
- Tree or plant type Tree, Shrub
- Native locale Chicago area, Illinois, North America
- Size range Compact tree (10-15 feet), Large shrub (more than 8 feet), Medium shrub (5-8 feet), Small tree (15-25 feet)
- Light exposure Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
- Hardiness zones Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5 (Chicago), Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
- Soil preference Acid soil, Alkaline soil
- Tolerances Alkaline soil, Dry sites, Road salt
- Season of interest early fall, early spring, early summer, early winter, late fall, late spring, late summer, late winter, mid fall, mid spring, midsummer, midwinter
- Flower color and fragrance Inconspicuous
- Shape or form Irregular, Upright
- Growth rate Slow