Cade juniper

  • Cade juniper


A gift of nature

Juniperus oxycedrus, commonly known as Cade, cade juniper, prickly juniper, prickly cedar, or sharp cedar is much more than just a miniature Christmas tree!

Picture yourself strolling through the fragrant hills of the South of France, in the beautiful Var area, French Riviera-Côte d’Azur, or simply roaming the pathways of our magnificent nature campsite and coming across this pretty little Christmas tree!

Native to the Mediterranean, this small tree or shrub is very commonly found growing in our arid maquis and garrigue.

The Cade at our four-star campsite Les Jardins de La Pascalinette ® is 150 years old and is the grandad of all our trees and plants!

With its evergreen needles and blue-black berries, Cade juniper brings a touch of colour and texture to every garden.

A shrub with a thousand and one uses

Don’t be fooled by appearances, this little shrub has many tricks up its sleeve! First and foremost, its medicinal properties are astounding. Cade juniper has been used for centuries in herbal medicine for its antiseptic, expectorant and diuretic properties. Whether to relieve sore throats or stimulate the digestion, its leaves and berries are extraordinary allies to our health.

Its culinary versatility is another, often-overlooked asset. Cade juniper berries can be used to flavour a variety of dishes, adding a subtle, woody flavour to many recipes. From marinades to sauces and meat or fish dishes, this little fruit can transform an ordinary dish into a genuine gastronomic masterpiece. A treat for the tastebuds if like us, you’re a big fan of Provencal cuisine!


Latin name :Juniperus oxycedrus
Family :Cupressaceae
Genus :Juniperus
Species :oxycedrus
Color :White flowers
Origin :Mediterranean
Foliage :Evergreen
Port :Shrub
Height :3 m
Flowering :Spring
Cade juniper

Did you know?

The Romans used cade oil, extracted by heating the wood, to wash the dead.