This low growing groundcover juniper is extremely durable & hardy, and has excellent cold hardiness - can withstand conditions through zone 3. Foliage is very bright green with a somewhat softer texture than many other low growing junipers. Great for use as a low growing accent, groundcover in mass plantings, as well as great for along sidewalks. A great carefree choice - especially in colder climates.
Typical spacing for most solid groundcover applications will be between 2-3 ft apart, but exact distance will vary depending upon exact planting location, sun exposure, area of the country, etc.
Plant Facts & Specifications
--Mature Height: 10 - 12 inches
--Mature Width: 5 - 7 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 - very
nice, dense bright green foliage - all the way throughout the plant,
including the center. Little, if any, bronzing or winter discoloration
observed in most climates.
--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.
--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 a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.