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Juniperus recurva - Buch.-Ham. ex D.Don.

Common Name Himalayan Juniper
Family Cupressaceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Wetter areas of the Himalayas, to 4600 metres[51]. Forests and thickets at elevations from 1800 - 3900 metres in SE Xizang and NW Yunnan[266].
Range E. Asia - Himalayas to N. Burma.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Juniperus recurva Himalayan Juniper


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Juniperus recurva is an evergreen Tree growing to 12 m (39ft) by 6 m (19ft) at a slow rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in leaf 12-Jan, and the seeds ripen in October. The species is dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required). and are pollinated by Wind.The plant is not self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

J. religiosa. J. repanda.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Canopy;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked. The cones are up to 11mm long and 8mm wide[200].

Medicinal Uses



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Emetic.

Smoke from the green wood is emetic and produces long-continued vomiting[240].

Other Uses

Essential;  Incense.

The wood and leaves are used as an incense[272]. The resinous twigs are burnt as an incense[2, 146]. The leaves contain about 1.7% essential oil[272].

Cultivation details

Succeeds in most soils if they are well drained, preferring a neutral or slightly alkaline soil[1, 11] and succeeding on chalk[200]. Prefers a humid sheltered site, doing well in areas with high rainfall[200]. Does not succeed in dry areas[200]. Unlike most members of the genus, this species grows better in the wetter western part of Britain[11]. A very ornamental plant[1] but slow growing in Britain, even young trees fail to average 25cm a year[185]. Plants are resistant to honey fungus[88]. Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.

Propagation

The seed requires a period of cold stratification. The seed has a hard seedcoat and can be very slow to germinate, requiring a cold period followed by a warm period and then another cold spell, each of 2 - 3 months duration[78, 81]. Soaking the seed for 3 - 6 seconds in boiling water may speed up the germination process[11]. The seed is best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Some might germinate in the following spring, though most will take another year. Another possibility is to harvest the seed 'green' (when the embryo has fully formed but before the seedcoat has hardened). The seedlings can be potted up into individual pots when they are large enough to handle. Grow on in pots until large enough, then plant out in early summer. When stored dry, the seed can remain viable for several years[1]. Cuttings of mature wood, 5 - 10cm with a heel, September/October in a cold frame. Plant out in the following autumn[1, 78]. Layering in September/October. Takes 12 months[78].

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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