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 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.