Juniperus sabina Tamariscifolia (syn. J. sabina var. tamariscifolia) Cupressaceae
Tam Juniper, Tamarix Juniper ju-NIP-er-us sa-BEE-na
- Conifer, evergreen, shrub, low spreading, mounded form, 18 inches (45 cm) high (to 3 ft when old) by 10 ft (3 m) across, branches horizontal and layered on each other, branchlets crowded, tend to arise from upper 30o of a branch. Leaves scale-like (4 ranked), sharp tipped, out spreading, dorsal gland, and on older branchlets, awl-shaped needles, 2-3 mm long, blue-green. Like other J. sabina, leaves emit an unpleasant odor when crushed; difficult to detect in cold weather.
- Sun. Adaptable. Does well on limestone soil and well-drained
and dry soils. Tolerates city conditions.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 3 Found in the wild on the mountains in Southern Europe, and may deserve the botanical categorization of variety (i.e., Juniperus sabin var. tamariscifolia). Probably more than one clone in the nursery trade.
- There is a similar form with bluish-green foliage known as New Blue (syn. J. sabina var. tamariscifolia New Blue)
- Oregon State Univ. campus: west side of Gilbert Hall