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Tortuga Juniperus communis

Exposure
  • Part Sun to Sun
  • Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter
Mature Size
2' 4'
Height
2'
Spread
3' - 4'
  • Details

    Features

    Tough guy, eh?

    Yes, indeed! Tortuga juniper is simply one of the toughest evergreens we offer. Simply plant this handsome native juniper in a sunny, well-drained spot and watch it beautify your yard all year long. It naturally grows as a low-mounded groundcover, with pleasing emerald-green foliage. Readily withstands cold, sun, drought, deer, rabbits, air pollution, and even black walnut trees. 

    Available in better garden centers in spring 2021.

    Top reasons to grow Tortuga juniper:

    - Tough, sun-loving evergreen transforms difficult spots into a carpet of green.

    - Very resistant to drought and deer.

    - No pruning required.

    Fall Interest
    Winter Interest
    Heat Tolerant
    Drought Tolerant
    Salt Tolerant
    Resists: 
    Deer
    Native to North America

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Shrub
    Shrub Type: 
    Evergreen
    Height Category: 
    Medium
    Garden Height: 
    24 Inches
    Spacing: 
    36 - 48 Inches
    Spread: 
    36 - 48 Inches
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Shade: 
    Green
    Habit: 
    Spreading
    Container Role: 
    Filler

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 
    Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Bloom Time: 
    Grown for Foliage
    Hardiness Zones: 
    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
    Water Category: 
    Low
    Needs Good Drainage
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Average Soil
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Poor Soil
    Uses: 
    Border Plant
    Uses: 
    Container
    Uses: 
    Edging Plant
    Uses: 
    Groundcover
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses: 
    Lawn Substitute
    Uses: 
    Mass Planting
    Uses Notes: 

     

    Ground cover, edging, lawn substitute.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Junipers are an excellent choice for year-round color in sunny, dry spots. Plant where they get at least six hours of bright sun each day for best results. Little to no pruning is needed; remove select branches to shape or manage growth if necessary. If you wish to fertilize, do so in early spring, once the ground has thawed, using a granular garden, rose, or tree fertilizer. 

    Tortuga Juniperus communis 'SMNJCB' USPP 32,393, Can PBRAF
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    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • So disappointed From the description, I had thought I found the one brave plant to survive here in zone 4 Montana Failed. I purchased three. Only one is barely hanging on. The ones planted in full sun got totally burned by the summer sun and heat. The one that I planted in partial shade in trying to hold on to life. Very disappointed. Will not try again.

      CECILIA GLEMBOCKI
      , Montana
      , United States
      , 13 weeks ago
    • New this year. What a nice plant with resilient growth. Tolerating clay soil in 100 degree heat and high humidity this summer. Full sun to some with filtered shade.

      Ann Lif
      , Nebraska
      , United States
      , 15 weeks ago
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