Juniperus horizontalis 'Blue Rug' - aka 'Wiltoni'
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
Plant Facts & Specifications
Mature Height: 4-6 inches
Mature Width: 5-8 ft
Growth rate: Moderate ( 4"-8" avg per yr )
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.