The Complete Guide for Moor-Dense® Juniper (Juniperus Sabina ‘Monard’) Care

The Moor-Dense® Juniper, otherwise known as the Juniperus Sabina ‘Monard’ or Chinese Juniper ‘Hetzii’, Juniperus virginiana ‘Hetzii’, Juniperus x media ‘Hetzii’, is a rather well known shrub plant by gardening enthusiasts around the world.

Best known for its low maintenance and moderate growth, this shrub will likely liven up your house (or garden) with its green colored leaves. But, only if you learn how to take proper care of it for it to thrive.

Fortunately, taking care of your Moor-Dense® Juniper is not too difficult – as long as you follow our guidelines in this Moor-Dense® Juniper Care Guide. Now let’s get started.

The basic care guidelines you need to remember for your Moor-Dense® Juniper are the following:

  • Water: The Moor-Dense® Juniper grows best in soil that is always moist.
  • Light: Keep your Juniperus Sabina ‘Monard’ in an environment where it can receive full sun on a daily basis. 
  • Soil: Make sure to keep the Moor-Dense® Juniper in soil with well-draining properties, so ideally, one that is made of clay, loam, chalk, and sand.

And as with many other plants, these are the only three care factors you need to remember to make sure your Moor-Dense® Juniper is, for the most part, healthy and well to survive.

Juniperus sabina 'Monard' plants

Scientific / Botanical Aspects

In botanical terms, the Moor-Dense® Juniper belongs to the Cupressaceae family, and the genus Juniperus, hence its scientific (or botanical) name Juniperus Sabina ‘Monard’ (ju-NIP-er-us sa-BI-na).

The Cupressaceae family also includes other plants like President Grévy French Lilac, Savin Juniper, Juniperus Procumbens ‘Nana’, Swamp Cedar ‘Danica’, Cupressus Sempervirens, Juniperus Chinensis ‘Hetzii Glauca’, Blue Chip Juniper, Juniperus horizontalis ‘Blue Rug’, Golden Mop Threadleaf False Cypress, Blue Star Juniper, Chamaecyparis Obtusa ‘Filicoides’, Danica Arborvitae, Japanese Cypress ‘Filifera Aurea’, Golden Dwarf Hinoki Cypress, Grey Owl Juniper and Chaenomeles X Superba ‘Jet Trail’.

As with other Juniperus’s, the Moor-Dense® Juniper is an evergreen plant, which means it will be present year round in your garden.

Growing Region

The Moor-Dense® Juniper is a plant native to the China and Japan.

Knowing your plant’s native region is very useful, as it can give you tips on which environment is best for your Moor-Dense® Juniper. If you keep it in mind, you can try to replicate these conditions at home, and you’ll likely end with a healthier plant.

With this in mind, the Juniperus Sabina ‘Monard’ will be most used to the heat zones in the 1 – 9 region, as the plant hardiness level falls between 4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a and the ideal climate zone is between 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24.

Growth and Size


In terms of size and growth, the Moor-Dense® Juniper is a relatively moderate grower, which makes things somewhat easy for any plant enthusiast.


But, how big does the Moor-Dense® Juniper actually get? What should you expect in terms of size? Let’s dive right in…

The Juniperus Sabina ‘Monard’ can grow up to 4′ – 15′ (120cm – 4.5m) in 4′ – 15′ (120cm – 4.5m) and 6′ – 15′ (180cm – 4.5m) in 6′ – 15′ (180cm – 4.5m). 

Also, expect it to grow in a wonderful spreading shape, which is something worthwhile to remember when making your garden landscape plans.


In terms of watering, the Moor-Dense® Juniper is a fairly complicated plant to take care of.

This is mostly because it has a not so straightforward watering schedule and somewhat regular watering needs.

Specifically, most experts agree that the Juniperus Sabina ‘Monard’ grows best in soil that is always moist.

Which is why it is considered a plant with relatively low to average needs in terms of water. 

Juniperus sabina 'Monard' care


As a rule of thumb, you should remember to keep your Moor-Dense® Juniper in soil with well-draining characteristics, as these will guarantee the right conditions for your plant to grow and thrive. 

When you consider this, this is why you should aim to choose soil that has good drainage, and moist properties to keep the right moisture levels at all times. 

But, if you want a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution to watering your Moor-Dense® Juniper then you should consider the famous ‘finger’ test. To perform this test, you just need to put your finger in your plant’s soil and determine if it’s moist or not. If it is, then don’t water; if it isn’t, then please do. In any case, this test will allow you to know if your Moor-Dense® Juniper needs or does not need water, every time.

Soil Mix

As mentioned earlier, the Moor-Dense® Juniper prefers to have soil with good drainage, and moist properties at all times, reason why you need to make the soil mix out of clay, loam, chalk, and sand.

This is why most experts agree that the Moor-Dense® Juniper requires soil with clay, and shallow rocky, which will give you the right conditions it needs.

In addition to this, expert gardeners recommend having preferably alkaline, acid or neutral soil.

Light and Exposure

In terms of light & exposure, the Moor-Dense® Juniper requires full sun in order for it to thrive under the right conditions. 

Most experts agree that this shrub will do well as long as you keep it in full sun, and it will be able to grow properly.

Specifically, we recommend that you place your Juniperus Sabina ‘Monard’ in full and direct sun (more than 6 hours of direct sunlight per day).


Being an evergreen plant, the Moor-Dense® Juniper will be present year round in your garden.

But, you can expect it to have its ‘prime-time’ during the spring (early, mid, late), the summer (early, mid, late), the fall, and during the winter.


The leaves from the Moor-Dense® Juniper have a beautiful green color during most of the year.

In particular, they have a needles arrangement with a whorled organization in its leaves.

Juniperus sabina 'Monard' buds

Attracts, Tolerance and Resistance

The Moor-Dense® Juniper is well known for its tolerance to rocky soil, dry soil, drought and animals like deer, so don’t worry if any of these come along, your Juniperus Sabina ‘Monard’ will be fine.


Does your Moor-Dense® Juniper have any garden recommendations? Does it serve any gardening purposes? Here’s how you can get the most out of your new plant.

Most Juniperus Sabina ‘Monard’ owners agree that this shrub will look great in most contemporary, asian/zen and rustic gardens of all types. 

Other owners consider that they complement well most gardens of japanese garden, informal and cottage, and in traditional garden styles. 

In particular, the Moor-Dense® Juniper’s best location within your garden is in beds and borders, and in hedges and screens, others use it for landscaping in a coastal exposure, ground cover, border, erosion control, or a rock garden.

Companion Plants

Moor-Dense® Juniper’s do well with some other plants beside it. One good companion plant is the Berberis, which will pair up nicely with your leafy friend.

Others consider that a nice Rosa will work well too, so choose whichever you find works best for you!


And we’ve come to an end. Fortunately, that’s everything you need to know about your Moor-Dense® Juniper to keep it safe and sound in your garden or home. Enjoy planting!

Sebastian Moncada

I’m also a plant enthusiast and researcher. I’ve been privileged to have lived my whole life around the wilderness of Colombia and I’m happy to share everything I learn along the way. “Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience” – Emerson.

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