Juniper (Juniper communis)

An attractive, easy to grow plant — and a key ingredient for gin.

Photo by Alexey Kurilovich on Unsplash

Juniper communis is an evergreen shrub or small tree which can live for up to 200 years. It’s a coniferous plant and is hardy throughout Europe, where it grows wild, as well as being cultivated in many gardens. Varieties of juniper are native to North America (Juniperus virginiana or easter red cedar) Pakistan and the arctic, giving an indication of…



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Patsy Collins

Author, gardener, photographer, cake eater and campervanner from the south coast of England.