TORTUGA® Juniper

Zone: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Exposure: Full Sun Height: 2' Width/Spread: 3-4'

Tortuga juniper is a super-tough selection of our native common juniper (Juniperus communis) that naturally grows as a neat, low mound of fluffy, jade green foliage. The perfect plant for even the most difficult locations, it tolerates deer, drought, dry soil, air pollution, poor fertility, mountain goats, polar vortexes, black walnut toxicity, sand, rocks, ground hogs, limestone, and road salt, just to name a few challenges. An ideal choice for adding evergreen interest to the edge of sidewalks, the front of beds, or even as a Ground cover.


Soil: Any well-drained soil will do – dry, sandy soils are fine. Will not thrive in wet soils.

Water: Average to very low water needs; drought tolerant once established.

Fertilizing: Little to none needed. If desired, apply a granular fertilizer for trees and shrubs once in early spring.

Pruning: Seldom needed. May be selectively pruned as and if needed.

Botanical Name

Juniperus communis 'SMNJCB' PP#32,393, CBRAF


2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Foliage Color







Full Sun


Average, Dry, Well-draining

Season of Interest

Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter, Year Round


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