Juniper Bushes

4 Types Of Juniper Bushes

If you are looking for a pleasing way to border your property, instead of a fence you can plant juniper bushes. These bushes come in so many varieties you can choose a specific color or type. Some juniper bushes grow straight up and tall, while others tend to grow sideways and bush out. They are pine like in appearance and they also produce a fruit. The juniper berries that come out every year are either blue or a reddish brown color and are usually used as a spice to enhance foods.

Juniper bushes have different foliage depending on the age of the plant. Younger bushes have pine like needles while older types have cone shaped, scaly leaves. They are a member of the cypress family and the berries that come from these plants have many uses. It is the main flavor in gin and it is a natural anti inflammatory remedy. In tea form juniper can help with bladder infections, menstruation and child birth and it has been thought that juniper can help protect against the herpes virus.

It’s true that juniper bushes have many uses but perhaps the biggest use for a juniper is in your yard. Since there are so many different varieties of juniper bushes, there are also many choices to make on how to use them.

If you want simple ground cover in a beautiful blue green color you can choose a juniper japgarden. This plant bushes out and it also has long branches.  It rarely produces any fruit but the plant is hearty and thrives in almost any climate.

Golden pfitzer type juniper can reach up to five feet tall and can bush twenty five feet out. They are a deep golden and green color and are a perfect boarder plant for in front of windows or around a property line. This type of juniper does produce fruit but they are small are barely noticeable. This is another hardy cypress and it can grow in almost anywhere you want to place it.

Mint julep juniper can reach up to six feet tall and can also bush a full a full six feet. It has a needle like, individually small stemmed foliage that is a lighter minty green color. These types of juniper bushes can be used for hedges and they make good bordering plants. They are way more attractive than a fence and can be shaped by pruning. They also can be grown in just about any climate.

Another good example of a bordering bush is the sea green juniper. This bush reaches six foot when it is full grown and it has a vase like shape.  It has light green, softer foliage and even though it is a hearty plant and has no trouble surviving through the winter, this type of bush needs to be placed in soil that has good drainage. If you plant the sea green on a slight raised hill, you should have no problem keeping the root system dry. These bushes can be placed anywhere in the yard area but they make excellent accent plants and wind breakers.

Because most of these juniper bushes have branches that spread out a good deal, you will have to keep them pruned. The shape of the bushes is entirely up to you but it is a good idea when you purchase your bush to find out what is best for the plant and you. It can be unhealthy to prune too much of any plant. Pruning should be spaced out over a few weeks if you have to remove more than thirty percent of the plant.