Juniperus procumbens nana - aka 'Greenmound Juniper'
Very short growing, prostrate, mat forming ground cover. Beautiful bright green foliage, with just a hint of blue, that is very rigid and stiff, making this plant an excellent bonsai candidate. Excellent choice for an evergreen groundcover or for fill in areas where anything with
height is not an option. Moderate growth rate, good drought tolerance.
Spacing for 100% ground coverage is recommended at 2 1/2 - 3 feet apart, but can vary depending upon the particular location & situation. Planting too closely together will result in faster ground coverage, but many times will present serious overcrowding & die back issues as the plants mature.
This variety, sometimes referred to as Green Mound Juniper, shows very nice color year round. Very minimal bronzing or discoloration at all in cold weather. Easy to grow, and easy to maintain.
Plant Facts & Specifications--Mature Height :
6 - 8 inches
--Mature Width :
4 - 6 ft
--Growth rate :
Moderate ( 4" - 8" avg per yr )
--Hardiness Zones :
3 - 9
--Sun Exposure :
Full sun to partial shade - grows slightly slower in shady areas
--Soil Preference :
Average to slightly acidic, sandy - well drained. Mulching recommended when young.
--Foliage Color & Texture :
Evergreen - medium green foliage is very stiff, rigid, and rather prickly......which is
pretty typical of most Juniper varieties. Plant responds very well to trimming & training....which helps to make it a very attractive choice for bonsai & topiary projects. Very little, if any winter discoloration noted here in East TN.
--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
Cones - Cones are seldom seen on cultivated specimens, but in its native state cones
have been observed - approximately 1/3" across containing three individual seeds.
--Diseases / Insects :
Phomopsis can be a problem...especially if kept in very moist conditions for extended periods of time.
--Recommended Spacing :
2 1/2 - 3 feet for most typical groundcover applications, but can vary slightly depending on exact location, sun exposure, and soil composition.
--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 our 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.