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Juniperus oxycedrus macrocarpa

Juniperus oxycedrus macrocarpa

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Juniperus oxycedrus macrocarpa, commonly known as the large-fruited prickly juniper, is a remarkable evergreen shrub belonging to the Cupressaceae family. Native to the Mediterranean region, this species is characterized by its distinctive appearance, featuring dense foliage, reddish-brown bark, and large, spherical blue-black berries.

Morphologically, Juniperus oxycedrus macrocarpa typically grows as a multi-stemmed shrub or small tree, reaching heights of up to 6 meters. Its needle-like leaves are arranged in whorls of three, with a prickly texture and a deep green coloration. During the summer months, the plant produces small yellowish-green flowers, which give way to the striking berries in the fall. These berries, which can reach sizes of up to 2 centimeters in diameter, are highly ornamental and persist on the plant throughout the winter months.

Cultivating Juniperus oxycedrus macrocarpa requires attention to its specific environmental needs. It thrives in well-drained soils with a slightly acidic to neutral pH and prefers full sunlight. While it can tolerate some drought once established, regular watering is necessary, particularly during the establishment phase and in hot, dry climates. Mulching around the base of the plant can help retain moisture and suppress weeds. Pruning should be minimal, primarily aimed at removing dead or damaged branches and shaping the plant to maintain its desired size and form.

In landscaping, Juniperus oxycedrus macrocarpa offers a range of uses. It can be employed as a specimen plant, focal point, or hedge in gardens, parks, and urban landscapes. Its dense foliage provides excellent screening and windbreak capabilities, making it particularly useful in coastal areas and exposed sites. Additionally, the ornamental berries add seasonal interest and attract wildlife, such as birds and small mammals.

Despite its ornamental appeal and resilience, it's essential to note that the berries of Juniperus oxycedrus macrocarpa are toxic if ingested, so caution should be exercised when planting it in areas frequented by children or pets.

Overall, Juniperus oxycedrus macrocarpa is a captivating and versatile plant that brings beauty, texture, and interest to any landscape. With proper care and attention to its cultural requirements, this evergreen shrub can thrive and enhance the aesthetic appeal of gardens and green spaces throughout the Mediterranean region and beyond.

IMPORTANT: Please be aware that picture 1 show adult plant not for sale, the offer is for a plant in the dimension indicated in title description.

Please be aware that most plants change across seasons. For example, some of them will naturally lose leaves or change in colour during colder months. Do not hesitate to contact us for further informations about the plants of your interest.

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