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Juniperus horizontalis (Creeping Juniper)

Creeping Juniper, Creeping Savin


Juniperus horizontalis (Creeping Juniper) is a sprawling, prostrate, evergreen shrub forming a splendid foliage mat of green to blue-green needles, closely appressed to the long trailing branches. In winter, the foliage takes on a purple tinge. Fleshy dark blue cones with a conspicuous white bloom are produced by female plants. They generally mature in two years and persist through winter. Slow growing, long-lived, Creeping Juniper makes a wonderful specimen plant, groundcover and looks terrific when cascading over walls. Perfect for rocky soils and hot, dry garden spots.

  • Grows up to 6-18 in. tall (15-45 cm) and 5-8 ft. wide (150-240 cm).
  • A full sun lover, this plant is easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Tolerates a wide range of soils including dry soils or poor soils but prefers sandy soils. Drought tolerant once established. Intolerant of wet soils.
  • Perfect as a specimen plant or ground cover. Great for rock gardens, foundation plantings, banks and slopes for erosion control.
  • Low maintenance, no pruning required.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. keep an eye out for juniper blight (dieback of stem tips).
  • Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings. Propagation is also possible by seed. Seed can be sown outdoors in fall or stratified and sown
  • Native to Alaska, Canada and the northern U.S.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 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
Plant Type Conifers, Shrubs
Plant Family Juniperus - Junipers
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 6" – 2' (15cm – 60cm)
Spread 5' – 8' (150cm – 240cm)
Spacing 96" (240cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Alaska, Midwest, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Rocky Mountains, Montana, Wyoming
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 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
Plant Type Conifers, Shrubs
Plant Family Juniperus - Junipers
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 6" – 2' (15cm – 60cm)
Spread 5' – 8' (150cm – 240cm)
Spacing 96" (240cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Alaska, Midwest, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Rocky Mountains, Montana, Wyoming
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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