Juniper - Blue Rug / Size 1
Blue Rug Wiltoni Juniper

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*Availability Status: Currently sold out - Estimated avail late December 2015
*Average Plant Shipping Size: 3" - 4" tall / 5" - 8" wide

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Our Price : $5.25

Product Code: JUNRUG1

Juniperus horizontalis 'Blue Rug' - aka 'Wiltoni'

Overall Description

A very flat growing form of juniper with long trailing branches reaching up to 8 ft in length. Foliage is a nice silvery blue color, and takes on a very slight "purplish" tinge during winter months. Has excellent heat tolerance, and can thrive in very adverse growing conditions. Has become a very popular juniper groundcover since it was first introduced back in 1914 by South Wilton Nurseries in Wilton, CT ( hence the 'Wiltoni' name mentioned above ). Established plantings produce silvery blue cones as well that are approximately 1/4" in diameter. Great for use as a low maintenance groundcover - especially in places where other groundcovers have failed.

Plant Facts & Specifications

Mature Height: 4 - 6 inches

Mature Width:5 - 8 ft

Growth rate:
Moderate ( 4" - 8" avg per yr )

Hardiness Zones
4 - 9 ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone finder below )

Sun Exposure:
Full sun to partial shade. Growth rate will be slightly slower in shadier spots.

Soil Preference:
Average to slightly acidic & sandy - well drained. Mulching recommended.

Foliage Color & Texture:
Evergreen -
silvery blue / green foliage is similar to most typical groundcover junipers. Heavy texture with good color year round - slight purple cast in extremely cold climates during the winter. Purple cast will quickly change back to normal color with the onset of warmer temps in the spring.

Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts:
Berries - very old, mature specimens have been known to produce a few cones here & there. Cones are silvery blue in color, and are about 1/4" in diameter.

Diseases / Insects:
Rather trouble free juniper - however Phomopsis has been observed on specimens that have been kept in very wet conditions, or in soil with inadequate drainage. Occasional spider mite infestations have been observed as well.

Recommended Spacing:
2 1/2 - 3 feet apart for most typical groundcover applications.

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:

Drought Tolerant: This variety has shown itself to have exceptional drought tolerance, and a fairly low water requirement once established.

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