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Tortuga Juniper

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  • Partial Sun to Full Sun (At Least 5 Hours of Direct Sunlight)
  • Height 2 Feet
  • Width 3 - 4 Feet
  • Growing Zones 2-7

Mowing the lawn on a stubborn hillside can be dangerous. Mow no more and let Tortuga™Juniperus communis do all of the hard work for you. This is the perfect low mounding evergreen groundcover that is tough as nails. Your four-season sea of green awaits. Literally, just plant it and watch it succeed with ease.

This plant is one of the toughest North American natives that reliably thrives year after year in the most extremes of cold and heat (hardy to zones 2 to 7b). Deer and rabbits are no match. Heat and drought are not an issue. It is even salt-tolerant, especially near sidewalks, hell strips, or near driveways where winter salt tends to wreak havoc. Experiment with this evergreen as a spiller in a container. If your feeling really spunky and unconventional, this turtle shrub is a formidable lawn replacement.

Tortuga Juniper Care

Versatile and adaptable plants are a necessity for any successful garden. There are a few important guidelines to follow to be successful with Tortuga™. This plant can thrive in both sun or part sun conditions. It will adapt to average to poor soil that is well-draining. Consistently wet soils are detrimental and can lead to root rot. Once established, it can take periods of drought without any ill effects. Fertilizing in the first year is not necessary, but every year after, fertilize in late Spring.

Every once in a while your shrub may need to be trimmed to keep it in line, but technically if it is spaced correctly then it does not need to be trimmed at all. Trimming back unhealthy yellowing or browning leaves may be an indication of dampness or fungal disease. Trim off the affected area and clean pruners between cuts to limit any spread of disease.

Tortuga Juniper Spacing

This Juniper can easily spread up to 36 to 48 inches. Ensure there is a gap of 3 to 4 feet between plants. These are slow-growing, so if you’re looking to fill in a large area faster, then space each plant 3 feet apart. The rule of thumb when planting juniper in any container is to make sure that the container is twice the width and depth of the rootball.

Tortuga Juniper Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 2-7
Plant Type: Shrub
Sunlight Exposure: Partial Sun to Full Sun
Mature Height: 2 Feet
Mature Width: 3 - 4 Feet
Plant Spacing: 3 - 4 Feet
Growth Habit: Spreading
Flower Color(s): None
Seasonal Interest: Grown for Foliage
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Foliage Color(s): Green
Resists: Deer
Tolerates: Heat, Drought, Salt
Features: Foliage Interest, Low Maintenance, Native to North America
Uses: Border Plant Container Edging Plant Groundcover Landscape Lawn Substitute Mass Planting
Plant Brand: Proven Winners
Botanical/Scientific Name: Juniperus communis 'SMNJCB' USPP 32,393, Can PBRAF

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

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Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.