Creeping Juniper (Juniperus horizontalis 'Bar Harbor')

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Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Soil pH Preferences: Strongly acid (5.1 – 5.5)
Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Moderately alkaline (7.9 – 8.4)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: about 12 inches
Plant Spread: 6 to 8 feet, to more
Leaves: Evergreen
Needled
Fruit: Other: a few clones may be female for berry-like cones
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Fall
Late fall or early winter
Winter
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Other: tiny cylindrical cones, usually male and pale brown
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Beach Front
Uses: Groundcover
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Layering
Stolons and runners
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Dioecious

groundcover in summer color

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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-08-03groundcover in summer color
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-08-03side shot of groundcover in summer
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2012-02-03groundcover in winter
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2011-04-11groundcover in spring
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2012-02-03foliage in winter
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2011-04-11foliage in spring
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Comments:
Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jan 15, 2018 2:36 PM

'Bar Harbor' is a commonly used cultivar of the Creeping Juniper that is about 12 inches high at the most. It was selected from cuttings from wild plants on Mount Desert Island, Maine, where it grows in crevices on the rocky coast and is often in reach of the salty ocean spray. There probably are several different clones around, most of which are male (staminate) and do not bear the bluish berry-like cones that are eaten by birds, though there are reports of some female clones. The warm season foliage is bluish-green while during the cold season it turns a purplish-bronze as does the straight species. It is a good cultivar that grows well in most any well-drained soil with full or partial sun exposure.

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