The World of Plants

a little database


General description: Junipers vary in size and shape from tall trees, 20–40 m tall, to columnar or low spreading shrubs with long trailing branches. They are evergreen with needle-like and/or scale-like leaves.
They can be either monoecious or dioecious.

Common name: Juniper

Family: Cupressaceae

Height: 0.5 m. to 40  m

Aspect: sunny or partial shade

Soil requirements:

Why we use in horticulture: the low-spreading species are excellent evergreen ground cover, with green or silver foliage, depending on the species (e.g. Juniperus squamata

Notes: Juniper berries are a spice used in a wide variety of culinary dishes and best known for the primary flavoring in gin


December 21, 2010 Posted by | Juniperus, TREES (CONIFERS) | Leave a comment


General description: Firs can be distinguished from other members of the pine family by their needle-like leaves, attached to the twig by a base that resembles a small suction cup; and by erect, cylindrical cones 5–25 cm long that disintegrate at maturity to release the winged seeds

Common name: Fir

Family: Pinaceae

Height: 80 m.


Soil requirements:

Why we use in horticulture:

Notes: the wood of most firs is considered unsuitable for general timber use, and is often used as pulp or for the manufacture of plywood and rough timber

December 20, 2010 Posted by | Abies, TREES (CONIFERS) | Leave a comment


General description: Cedars are trees up to 30–40 m (occasionally 60 m) tall with spicy-resinous scented wood, thick ridged or square-cracked bark, and broad, level branches

Common name: Cedar

Family: Pinaceae

Height: 40 m.

Aspect: adapted to mountain climate

Soil requirements:

Why we use in horticulture: evergreen tree


December 20, 2010 Posted by | Cedrus, TREES (CONIFERS) | Leave a comment


General description: Pines are evergreen, resinous trees (or rarely shrubs) growing 3–80 m tall, with the majority of species reaching 15–45 m tall. The smallest are Siberian Dwarf Pine and Potosi Pinyon, and the tallest Sugar Pine. Pines are long-lived, typically reaching ages of 100–1,000 years, some even more. The longest-lived is the Great Basin Bristlecone Pine, Pinus longaeva, one individual of which, at around 4,800 years old, is one of the world’s oldest living organisms.

Common name: Pine

Family: Pinaceae

Height: 45 m.

Aspect: sunny

Soil requirements: acid soil; sandy; good drainage

Why we use in horticulture: evergreen tree

Notes: Pine wood is widely used in high-value carpentry items such as furniture, window frames, paneling, floors and roofing, and the resin of some species is an important source of turpentine

December 20, 2010 Posted by | Pinus, TREES (CONIFERS) | Leave a comment