Flaky Juniper (Juniperus squamata)

J. recurva squamata.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Flaky Juniper
Juniperus squamata

The cultivar ‘Blue Carpet’ can be used as a ground cover plant in a sunny position[188].

The wood is very fragrant, it is used as a fuel and an incense[51, 158, 272]. The leaves are used as incense[272].

  • Medicinal Use

    The powdered plant is soaked for half an hour in water and then used for washing skin diseases[272].

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

The seed requires a period of cold stratification. The seed has a hard seedcoat and can be very slow to germinate, requiring a cold period followed by a warm period and then another cold spell, each of 2 – 3 months duration[78, 81]. Soaking the seed for 3 – 6 seconds in boiling water may speed up the germination process[11]. The seed is best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Some might germinate in the following spring, though most will take another year. Another possibility is to harvest the seed ‘green’ (when the embryo has fully formed but before the seedcoat has hardened). The seedlings can be potted up into individual pots when they are large enough to handle. Grow on in pots until large enough, then plant out in early summer. When stored dry, the seed can remain viable for several years[1]. Cuttings of mature wood, 5 – 10cm with a heel, September/October in a cold frame. Plant out in the following autumn[1, 78]. Layering in September/October. Takes 12 months[78].
Succeeds in most soils if they are well drained, preferring a neutral or slightly alkaline soil[1, 11] and succeeding on chalk[200]. A drought tolerant plant once established, succeeding in hot dry positions[200]. This species is closely allied to J. recurva[11]. There are many named forms, selected for their ornamental value[188]. The type species is very slow growing in Britain[185] but the cultivar ‘Meyeri’ is somewhat faster and more successful. Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.
E. Asia – China, Himalayas, Afghanistan.

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