In the Garden
Juniperus communis is a shrub or small coniferous evergreen tree, very variable and often a low spreading shrub, but occasionally reaching 10 m tall. It has needle-like leaves in whorls of three; the leaves are green, with a single white stomatal band on the inner surface. Male and female cones appear on separate plants. Ideal for smaller gardens owing to its relatively slow growth, the Juniper should be grown as a spreading shrub.
The most geographically wide distribution of any tree, this species will grow well in all but the warmest parts of Australia. It is extremely drought tolerant and the branches have a wonderful aroma as you walk past.