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Juniper

Juniper berries are a popular addition to gin, liqueurs and sauces.
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SKU: JUCO
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£6.95

Juniper

Juniperus communis

One of only three conifer species native to the UK, common juniper is most often found as a low-growing, spreading shrub or small tree. Its berries are used in the flavouring of gin and have recently become a popular ingredient in liqueurs and sauces.

Estimate full grown height: Up to 10m

Value to wildlife:  Common juniper provides dense cover for small nesting birds such as the goldcrest and many species will eat its berries including the fieldfare, song thrush and mistle thrush. It is the food plant for caterpillars of many species of moth, including the juniper carpet moth, juniper pug and chestnut-coloured carpet.

Preferred soil type or environmental conditions:  Prefers full sun and most soil types provided they are well drained.

UK sourced and grown: Every sapling that we provide is UK sourced and grown to minimise the risk of importing and spreading tree pests and diseases. Seeds are collected and stored in the UK, and they are all coded and batched so that we can track each individual tree.

Learn more about juniper trees on our species information page.

*Juniper was previously unavailable on the Woodland Trust shop due to concerns about the spread of Phytophthora austrocedrae, a fungus-like organism that infects the plant via the roots and causes foliage to decline and eventually die. Restrictions on the sale of juniper are no longer in place as it is thought the disease cannot be transmitted by seed. With the species decreasing in both range and abundance across the UK, we are encouraging planting in a bid to address this decline.

 

 

Juniper

Juniperus communis

One of only three conifer species native to the UK, common juniper is most often found as a low-growing, spreading shrub or small tree. Its berries are used in the flavouring of gin and have recently become a popular ingredient in liqueurs and sauces.

Estimate full grown height: Up to 10m

Value to wildlife:  Common juniper provides dense cover for small nesting birds such as the goldcrest and many species will eat its berries including the fieldfare, song thrush and mistle thrush. It is the food plant for caterpillars of many species of moth, including the juniper carpet moth, juniper pug and chestnut-coloured carpet.

Preferred soil type or environmental conditions:  Prefers full sun and most soil types provided they are well drained.

UK sourced and grown: Every sapling that we provide is UK sourced and grown to minimise the risk of importing and spreading tree pests and diseases. Seeds are collected and stored in the UK, and they are all coded and batched so that we can track each individual tree.

Learn more about juniper trees on our species information page.

*Juniper was previously unavailable on the Woodland Trust shop due to concerns about the spread of Phytophthora austrocedrae, a fungus-like organism that infects the plant via the roots and causes foliage to decline and eventually die. Restrictions on the sale of juniper are no longer in place as it is thought the disease cannot be transmitted by seed. With the species decreasing in both range and abundance across the UK, we are encouraging planting in a bid to address this decline.

 

 

Planting information: As a rough guide, trees are usually planted at around 2m intervals but please take into account the final size of the tree and be aware of buildings, services and other plants nearby to ensure that damage cannot occur from the roots and canopy as the tree grows.

Oct-Feb - This is the best time of year for planting trees and your sapling is dormant, as long as it is kept free from frost and wind as well as being kept moist and in light conditions then it will last a few weeks before planting.

Mar-Sept - Your sapling is growing fast and will need planting as soon as possible. Planting it immediately will ensure it does not dry out, lose nutrients etc.

On-going care requirements: Once planted, your tree will need some care and attention for a few years; this will mainly be weeding around the base to reduce the competition for nutrients and ensuring your tree has enough water. For more information about caring for your trees, click here.

Delivery information: Free delivery is available for all tree orders but please allow up to 7-10 days for your delivery to arrive. You will receive a cell grown sapling, ranging from approximately 15cm-60cm in height. Please be aware that depending upon the time of year you receive your sapling (particularly early spring) it may not look very perky upon arrival, please do not worry once it has been planted it should pick up quickly. 

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