Canary Islands juniper, or Juniperus cedrus, is a species of juniper native to the Canary Islands and Madeira and is an unusually beautiful tree. Its chief asset is its graceful foliage which consists of long thin pendulous branches of frosted green that drape elegantly off the trunk and side branches. Its size, along with the fact that it is evergreen, qualifies it as an excellent screen, while its graceful form renders it an ideal specimen deserving of a prominent position in the garden.

In its first few years it is a soft-textured large shrub reaching 10 feet tall and 6 feet wide in 10 years, but eventually it will grow into a sizable tree of 30 to 50 feet. Historically there were even specimens that had reached 90 feet. The seed cones are berry-like, green, ripening in 18 months to orange-red with a variable pink waxy coating, unusually more decorative than most junipers. Despite being so attractive, it is surprisingly rare and only found in connoisseur nurseries.
Junipers are often called cedars and this lovely tree only confuses matters further with its botanical name, Juniperus cedrus, or juniper cedar. Despite that, it is a true Juniper, which is one of the toughest and most widespread conifers in the world. In the Canary Islands this particular juniper has become rare due to overgrazing and logging, but is now protected by law and populations are recovering.
Despite its origins, the Canary Islands juniper has proven to be more cold-hardy than anyone would have guessed, having withstood temperatures down to 0 degress Fahrenheit. This would make it adaptable to most of the southern half of the US, most of the UK, New Zealand and especially Australia.

Canary Islands juniper


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