It is commonly used in horticulture as an ornamental shrub, but is too small to have any general wood usage. In Scandinavia, however, juniper wood is used for making containers for storing small quantities of dairy products such as butter and cheese, and also for making wooden butter knives.
Its astringent blue-black seed cones, commonly known as "juniper berries", are too bitter to eat raw and are usually sold dried and used to flavour meats, sauces, and stuffings. They are generally crushed before use to release their flavour. The cones are used to flavour gin. In fact, the word 'gin' is derived from the French word for juniper berry, genièvre, which is the name for gin in France. The Slovak national alcoholic beverage Borovička is also flavoured with juniper berry extract.
Juniperus chinensis "Blue Alps"
Juniperus communis "Rependa"
Juniperus confera "Blue Pacific"
Juniperus horizontalis "Andorra Compacta"
Juniperus horizontalis "Blue chip"
Juniperus horizontalis "Glauca"
Juniperus horizontalis "Grey pearl"
Juniperus horizontalis "Prince of Wales"
Juniperus sabina var. tamariscifolia
Juniperus virginia "Grey owl"
Juniperus media "Old Gold"
Qualities: from 3 litre Container