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Bar Harbor Juniper
Bar Harbor Juniper



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Product Code: JUNBAR1

Juniperus horizontalis 'Bar Harbor'

Overall Description
Bar 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 )

Hardiness Zones
4-9 ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone finder below - or check out our Hardiness Zone Map & Information Page )

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.