We have reviewed publications on the physiological and ecological features of the growth and regeneration processes of Juniperus sabina L. which grows in semiarid sandy land in the Ordos plateau in northern China where desertification has progressed over time. J. sabina is a key native plant species used for ecological restoration in this region. The life history of J. sabina in this sandy land that has been revealed through this review includes several unique features: (1) both vegetative and seed propagations are observed, but seed propagation is not successful in the location where the mature J. sabina stands. Instead, seed propagation can occur at a different place with different landscapes from the mature stands. (2) Nurse plants play an important role in providing the microclimatic environment necessary for the growth of J. sabina seedlings and young plants. (3) During the horizontal and vertical growth processes of the J. sabina patch, the root system was affected by burial in shifting sand and consequently acquired greater access to the water supply in deeper soil horizons, which could support larger growth. These characteristics suggested that the regeneration by seed propagation and growth strategy of J. sabina in this region was strongly affected by sand movement and the landscape that is generated by sand movement.
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