Juniperus communis 'Oblonga Pendula' / oblong-pendulous common juniper

Juniperus communis 'Oblonga Pendula' is a an irregular upright small tree from of common juniper with graceful, vase-shaped structure, arching main branching, and strictly pendulous secondary branching with extremely prickly grayish green foliage. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 6 feet (2 m) tall and 4 feet (1.3 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 6 to 8 inches (15 - 20 cm).

This cultivar originated in Europe in the early 1800s, presumably from a selected seedling. Its first mention in botanical literature was in John C. Louden's 1838 book, Arboretum et fruticetum Brittanicum. Louden listed it as J. communis f. oblongopendula, a name which apparently didn't pass taxonomic muster.

Juniperus communis 'Oblonga Pendula' in a private garden in Petaluma, California (USDA Zone 9).
Photo by Sara Malone
Juniperus communis 'Oblonga Pendula'
Juniperus communis 'Oblonga Pendula' — a photo from September 2013 on campus of University of Maine at Orono.
Photo by Don Levesque