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About the product
Juniperus macrocarpa is a species of juniper, native across the northern Mediterranean region from southwestern Spain east to western Turkey and Cyprus, growing on coastal sand dunes from sea level up to 75 m altitude.
It is a spreading shrub 2–5 m tall, rarely a small tree up to 14 m tall. The leaves are broad lanceolate, produced in whorls of three, green, 12–20 mm long and 2–3 mm broad, with a double white stomatal band split by a green midrib on the inner surface. It is dioecious, with separate male and female plants. The seed cones are berry-like, green ripening in 18 months to orange-red with a variable pink waxy coating; they are spherical, 12–18 mm diameter, and have six fused scales in two whorls, three of the scales with a single seed. The seeds are dispersed when birds eat the cones, digesting the fleshy scales and passing the hard seeds in their droppings. The pollen cones are yellow, 2–3 mm long, and fall soon after shedding their pollen in late winter.
Succeeds in most soils if they are well drained, preferring a neutral or slightly alkaline soil. Requires a hot dry position in full sun. Does well on lime.
Trees often produce vigorous shoots from the base of the trunk, or from the stumps of felled trees. The seed takes two summers to ripen. Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.
Genus - Juniperus
Species - Macrocarpa
Common name - Large Fruited Juniper
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 9 - 11
Height - 2-5' / 14 m
Plant type - Medium Shrub / Small Tree
Vegetation type - Ornamental evergreen
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth rate - Slow
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Clay, Loam, Well Drained
Water requirements - Average Water
Landscape uses - Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Screening / Wind Break
Leaf / Flower color - Green / --
Soak in water. Let stand in water for 24 hours.
Cold stratify for 90 days.
Sow seed 5-7 mm (1/4") deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
NOTE: can be fall sown without stratification.