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Juniperus conferta (shore juniper) is a species of juniper, native to Japan, where it grows on sand dunes. It forms a wonderful cover and it has a fresh green colour which is reminiscent of lawn. The foliage is really prickly, and that's a characteristic of many junipers. Most are pretty tolerant with soils, but they don't like waterlogging. Many will take quite alkaline conditions too.
It is also often grown as bonsai. Conferta is derived from Latin. "Con" meaning together and "ferta" meaning strong.
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