Junipers tend to be slow-growing
, reaching only 5 feet in height in the first 20 years, and typically growing
no taller than15 feet. Junipers should be pruned when they are young. Overgrown junipers probably should be replaced, because most won't survive a severe pruning.
Prune in early spring
before new buds appear. Junipers do not grow on "old wood" or on growth that occurs in late summer or fall. Cut off any branches where they meet the main stem and cut out any branches that are growing
upward instead of outward. Do not over prune.
Remove any branches that are crossing one another or rubbing together. Cut out any dead or weak wood and cut out the dead zone
or middle of the tree. These are the branches in the center of the tree that don't receive sufficient light. Though not dead, they won't produce new buds or growth.