High Desert Plant Finder & Guide
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Height: 24 inches
Spread: 8 feet
Hardiness Zone: 3
A common groundcover evergreen for home landscape and garden use; consistent bright green foliage all season long, low growing, wide spreading and densely branched, forms a mound; excellent in massing and groupings or as a groundcover
Buffalo Juniper has emerald green foliage. The scale-like leaves remain emerald green throughout the winter. The flowers are not ornamentally significant. 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 is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. 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 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 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 not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.
Please note: Our Plant Guide is all about plants that will work in the high desert. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a current list of plants in stock on hand at each location or at our farm. We purposely do not sell or ship plants via the internet. Plant questions and availability are best determined in-store.