Creeping Juniper (Juniperus horizontalis)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 2 -45.6 °C (-50 °F) to -42.8 °C (-45°F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10a
Plant Height: 6-12 inches
Plant Spread: 6-10 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Needled
Fruit: Showy
Other: In it's native range, the fruit is eaten by moose and deer.
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Groundcover
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Other info: Seeds may take five or more years to geminate so many prefer the faster method of propagation using softwood stem cuttings.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Layering
Pollinators: Wind
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Apr 25, 2019 11:28 AM

This Creeping Juniper is native to southern Canada and the northern USA. It is a groundcover shrub that gets 1 to 2 feet high by more than 8 feet wide. Most of its foliage is composed of the soft, scale-like needles rather than the prickly, awl-like needles, so it is soft to the touch. It is found in some beach & dune habitats and on dry soil cliffs and slopes. The green or blue-green foliage gets a purple tinge in winter. There is a large list of cultivars selected for horticulture that are sold and planted a good amount in landscapes as groundcovers.

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