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Juniperus horizontalis Good Vibrations® Gold (Creeping Juniper)

Good Vibrations® Gold Juniper, Good Vibrations® Gold Creeping Juniper, Juniperus horizontalis 'Hegedus'

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Good Vibration Juniper, Good Vibration Creeping Juniper, Juniperus horizontalis Good Vibration
Good Vibration Juniper, Good Vibration Creeping Juniper, Juniperus horizontalis Good Vibration
Good Vibration Juniper, Good Vibration Creeping Juniper, Juniperus horizontalis Good Vibration

Juniperus horizontalis Good Vibrations® Gold is a unique and attractive ground cover plant, known for its color-changing foliage and dense mat formation. Its adaptability and ease of care make it a popular choice for a range of landscaping needs.

Juniperus horizontalis Good Vibrations® Gold: An In-depth Look

Juniperus horizontalis Good Vibrations® Gold is a vibrant cultivar of Creeping Juniper, celebrated for its gold to chartreuse foliage that transitions to a striking orange hue in the fall.

Native: Creeping Juniper is native to North America, particularly found in Canada and the northern United States. It thrives in a variety of habitats, including rocky or sandy soils.

Plant Type and Habit: This evergreen conifer is characterized by a low-growing, spreading habit, forming a dense mat that makes it an effective ground cover.

Size: Good Vibrations® Gold typically grows about 12-18 inches tall (30-45 cm) and can spread up to 7-9 feet wide (210-270 cm), providing extensive coverage.

Foliage: The foliage is needle-like and soft, with a bright gold to chartreuse color in spring and summer, turning orange in the fall.

Bark: The bark is relatively inconspicuous, typically gray or brown and becoming more textured with age.

Uses: Ideal for ground cover, rock gardens, erosion control, and cascading over walls. Its color transition adds seasonal interest to landscapes. Perfect for city gardens since Creeping Juniper is tolerant of pollution. Great for rocky soils and hot, dry garden spots.

Hardiness: Hardy in USDA zones 3-9, demonstrating adaptability to a wide range of climatic conditions.

Wildlife: The dense foliage offers shelter for various wildlife.

Toxicity: Junipers are generally not toxic, but the cones can cause mild stomach upset if ingested in large quantities.

Deer and Rabbit: Relatively resistant to deer and rabbits, which makes it suitable for areas where these animals are a concern.

Drought: Once established, it has a good tolerance for drought conditions, making it a good choice for water-efficient landscapes.

Salt: Creeping Juniper exhibits a good level of salt tolerance. This characteristic makes it particularly suitable for coastal landscapes or areas where soil salinity is higher, as it can withstand salt spray and saline soil conditions better than many other ground cover species.

Invasiveness: This Juniper is not considered invasive. It grows in a controlled manner, maintaining its narrow form.

Benefits: Offers excellent ground coverage, seasonal color changes, low maintenance requirements, and erosion control capabilities.

Creeping Juniper Growing Tips

Light: Thrives in full sun for optimal growth and foliage color. Can tolerate partial shade, but may grow less densely.

Soil: Thrives in well-drained soil. Adaptable to a wide range of soil types, including clay, loam, and sandy soils.

Water: Requires moderate watering, especially when young. Established plants are relatively drought-tolerant. Ensure proper drainage to prevent root rot. Overwatering should be avoided.

Fertilizer: Lightly fertilize in spring with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer. Avoid over-fertilization to prevent excessive growth and potential disease issues.

Pruning: Generally requires minimal pruning. Prune to control spread or shape, preferably in late winter or early spring.

Propagation: Easily propagated from semi-hardwood cuttings taken in summer.

Pests and Diseases: Junipers are often prone to twig blight and needle blight. They also act as hosts for cedar-apple rust and similar rust diseases during part of their lifecycle. In wet, poorly drained soils, root rot can be a problem. Additionally, they may occasionally suffer from insect pests like aphids, bagworms, webworms, spider mites and scale insects.

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 Cupressaceae
Genus Juniperus
Common names Juniper, Creeping Juniper
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 7' - 9'
(210cm - 270cm)
Spacing 84" - 108"
(210cm - 270cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil, Salt
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Edging, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Coastal Garden, City and Courtyard
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Juniperus scopulorum ‘Blue Heaven’ (Rocky Mountain Juniper)
Juniperus horizontalis ‘Bar Harbor’ (Creeping Juniper)

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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 Cupressaceae
Genus Juniperus
Common names Juniper, Creeping Juniper
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 7' - 9'
(210cm - 270cm)
Spacing 84" - 108"
(210cm - 270cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil, Salt
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Edging, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Coastal Garden, City and Courtyard
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