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Golden Carpet Juniper

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Product Code: JUNCAR1

Juniperus horizontalis 'Golden Carpet'

Overall Description

Golden Carpet is a very low growing, ground hugging, spreading juniper that is very well suited for use as a groundcover. Has a somewhat similar appearance as "Mother Lode Juniper", but is much hardier, and has a much quicker growth rate. Has performed very well in many areas of the country - very vigorous, with excellent year round color interest. Color is most intense if planted in full sun locations - lack of adequate sun exposure will result in more of a lime green foliage color.

New growth is very bright golden yellow color, fading slightly to a pale yellow color with age. During the winter months, the foliage of Golden Carpet will display a temporary pinkish / purplish tone.....referred to as 'bronzing'. The degree and intensity of this winter color display will vary, depending on the area of the country and severity of winter time temps & conditions. This winter coloration helps to give this wonderful juniper variety some year round color interest, and fades back to the normal yellow color with the onset of warmer weather & temps in spring.

Makes an excellent groundcover, and can be trimmed / edged very easily if needed to maintain any certain size, shape, etc. Effective as a mass groundcover, along banking, rock walls, and even planted at the base of much larger, taller trees.

Plant Facts & Specifications

--Mature Height : 4 - 10 inches

--Mature Width : 6 - 9 ft ( can be trimmed/maintained at lower widths if needed )

--Growth Rate :
Moderate ( 6"- 10" avg per yr )

--Hardiness Zones :
3 - 9

--Sun Exposure :
Full sun to light shade - adapts to a wide range of conditions. Growth rate will be slightly slower in shadier spots.

--Soil Preference :
Acidic - mulching recommended. Will adapt to virtually any soil that has adequate drainage - does not like wet, swampy conditions. Has also shown to adapt well to rocky soils & banks.

--Foliage Color & Texture :
Evergreen - golden yellow foliage turns a slight purplish / plum color in winter....especially in cold climates with high wind exposure. Winter coloration dissipates with the onset of warmer temps & weather in spring. Has a slightly softer texture than many other juniper varieties - not nearly as prickly.

--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
None to mention. Occasional juniper berry like cones have been observed on older specimens.

--Diseases / Insects :
Phomopsis can be a problem...especially if kept in very moist conditions for extended periods of time. Spider mites have also been seen occasionally on this variety.

--Recommended Spacing :
3 feet apart for most typical ground cover applications. May vary slightly depending upon characteristics of exact planting site - i.e. sun exposure, slope of land, soil composition, etc.

--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.

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