• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Juniperus communis 'Hornibrookii'

juniper 'Hornibrookii'

juniper 'Hornibrookii'

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  • Other common names juniper 'Hornibrookii'

  • Synonyms Juniperus communis var. hemisphera 'Hornibrookii'

  • Genus Juniperus can be prostrate or erect, evergreen shrubs or trees with aromatic, scale-like or sharply pointed awl-shaped leaves, and small globose fruits

  • Family Cupressaceae / Cupressaceae

  • Details 'Hornibrookii' is a vigorous prostrate, evergreen conifer spreading to 2m or more. Foliage needle-like and prickly, grey-green with silvery-blue undersides


  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Mat forming

  • Fragrance Leaf

  • Toxicity Foliage may cause skin irritation



  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or North-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height

    0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    1.5-2.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in any well-drained soil. Junipers need little if any pruning. Useful in hot sunny sites. Good ground cover

Propagation Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types Ground Cover Low Maintenance Architectural Gravel Garden

How to care

Pruning No pruning required

Pests May be attacked by aphids, juniper scale and caterpillars

Diseases May be affected by a canker

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