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botanical name:
Juniperus phoenicea
Juniperus phoenicea © Deeproot Plant Base
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common name:  Phoenician Juniper, Sabina
family:  Cupressaceae
characteristics: conifer, evergreen
height: 6.00m
width: 4.00m
growth rate: slow
growth habit: conical
leaf colour: blue-green
flower colour:
fruit colour: brown
stem/bark: brown
main season: All Year
medicinal symbol medicinal
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -15°C
USDA zone: 7 to 10
Shrub or small tree with a dense conical crown of very slender shoots covered by small, blueish-green scale-like leaves, or needle-like on young plants. Dark brown bark. Rounded fruits up to about 1cm across, greenish at first then ageing to glossy yellowish or reddish-brown, ripening in the second year and containing 3 to 9 seeds.

Tolerates a wide range of conditions including dry, rocky situations. Full sun or light shade. very drought tolerant and resistant to strong winds.

From seed or by heeled semi-hardwood cuttings.

The wood is very hard and durable and where available is sometimes used for door frames and similar purposes.
Has been used for medicinal purposes.

other notes:
Native to Britain to the coastal Mediterranean area, also found in the Canaries and parts of the Near East.

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