Juniperus 'Nana' is a compact mat forming conifer that is incredibly popular because of its fresh blue-green foliage.
Originating in Japan, Juniperus 'Nana' is an especially distinctive and attractive juniper that creeps along the ground with its stiff upwards pointing branches adding texture and interest to its low spreading form. The prickly foliage has a blue-green colour with bronze purple hints developing as the temperatures fall in winter. Providing excellent ground cover for an open sunny or part-shaded position on a well-drained soil, Juniperus 'Nana' looks fantastic draped over a wall or scrambling over rocks mimicking its native habitat where it is said to scramble across seashores. It requires very little maintenance other than removing the odd wayward stem for any growth that spoils the overall shape or selecting branches to trim to keep it within the bounds of its space.
This compact mat forming conifer adds a touch of class to the landscape with its fresh colours and distinctive creeping form.
Plant Type: Conifer
Hardiness: H7 Very Hardy. Minimum temperature < -20
Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 40cm x W 1.2m (Mature age: 20 years)
Foliage Colour: Green, Blue
Fragrant Flower: No
Aromatic Foliage: Yes
RHS Award of Garden Merit: Yes
RHS Perfect for Pollinators: No
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Hazardous / Poisonous Information: Skin irritant
Soil Type: Chalky, Clay, Loam, Sandy, Acid, Alkaline
Soil Drainage: Well Drained
Light Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade
Planting Style: Cottage Garden, Flower Beds & Borders, Containers, Urban Garden, Coastal Garden, Gravel & Drought Resistant Garden, Rock Garden.
Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Juniperus 'Nana' prefers either an open sunny or part-shaded position and it will grow well in many soils including poorer soils as long as drainage is reasonable. Looking good on banks and slopes, creeping over rocks or softening the edge of a border, there's lots of opportunities for Juniperus 'Nana' to make a great impression.
After watering well and feeding occasionally with a well balanced feed in the first growing season, this shrub will be drought tolerant once established making it easy to manage without further feeding or any specific pruning regime.
The slow growth rate means Juniperus 'Nana' is very well behaved and should it breach it's allocated space it can easily be restrained by removing wayward branches to their bases or junctions to control the shape.