Juniperus horizontalis 'Bar Harbor'
Harbor is a very low growing, spreading groundcover juniper rarely
getting more than 6"-8" from the ground - a real "ground hugging" variety. Foliage color is bluish green,
but turns a very distinct, pronounced, purplish color in winter or cold weather. Winter coloration is especially displayed in very windy locations. First discovered
in Mt Desert Island, Maine and has shown a very high tolerance for salt
spray. Makes a fine groundcover, with good solid coverage. Easy to
grow, and quite hardy. Plant Facts & Specifications
Mature Height: 6-10 inches
Mature Width: 6-8 ft
Growth rate: Moderate ( 6"- 8" avg per yr )
Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade - adapts to a wide range of conditions. Growth rate will be slightly slower in shadier spots.
Soil Preference: Will
adapt to virtually any soil that has adequate drainage - does not like
wet, swampy conditions. Has also shown to adapt well to rocky soils
& banks. Foliage Color & Texture:
Evergreen - bluish
green foliage turns a very striking purplish / plum color in
winter....especially in cold climates with high wind exposure. Winter
coloration dissipates with the onset of warmer temps & weather in
spring. Has a slightly softer texture than many other juniper varieties -
not nearly as prickly.
Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts: None to mention.
Diseases / Insects: Phomopsis
can be a problem...especially if kept in very moist conditions for
extended periods of time. Spider mites have also been seen occasionally
on this variety.
Recommended Spacing: 2 1/2 - 3 feet apart for most typical ground cover applications. May vary slightly depending upon characteristics of exact planting site - i.e. sun exposure, slope of land, soil composition, etc.
Deer Resistance Rating: Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance
Fertilization / Feeding: For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend POOPeas
for use with all of evergreen species.
However, either water soluble ( Miracle Gro, or equivalent ), or
granular fertilizers ( Holly Tone is excellent ) are also good options. Most any granular fertilizers with a 6-12-12, or
10-10-10 ratio are also acceptable. Best to fertilize in early spring,
and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers
during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. POOPeas may be used at anytime.Additional Features & Characteristics:
Winter / Seasonal Color Change: Bar Harbor Juniper will change rather drastically in coloration from winter to spring & summer. Severity of coloration change will vary depending on hardiness zone, and weather exposure. The colder, and more severe the exposure......the more coloration change you will see displayed.
Drought Tolerant: This variety has shown itself to have exceptional drought tolerance, and a fairly low water requirement once established.