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Juniperus horizontalis 'Blue Rug'

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jew-NIP-er-us hor-ih-zon-TAL-iss BLEW RUHG
Description

"Blue Rug' is the lowest growing and possibly the slowest growing juniper. It grows as a dense, trailing, creeping form, making an excellent ground cover and for erosion control.  Place along a retaining wall, the foliage will provide year-round cover.  Its coverage and color says it all for the 'Blue Rug'.

Many Juniper varieties require moisture and cannot survive on sunny slopes where run off can leave the soil dry. 'Blue Rug' does not require the moisture of other varieties, a great solution for dry, sunny, sloped conditions.

It will adapt to the cold, snow and frost of our colder regions.  Also performs well in the high desert locations where the temperatures fluctuate rapidly. 

Insects, Diseases and Other Plant Problems:  Spider mites can be an issue.  During the summer months, hose the plants down with a firm spray of water.  This will disrupt web-making.

 

 

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#evergreen#drought tolerant#winter interest#air pollution tolerant#erosion control#poor soils tolerant#rocky soils tolerant#dry soils tolerant#erosion tolerant#shallow soil tolerant
 
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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Juniperus
    Species:
    horizontalis
    Family:
    Cupressaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Northern North America
    Wildlife Value:
    Bird Friendly
    Play Value:
    Buffer
    Defines Paths
    Easy to Grow
    Textural
    Wildlife Cover/Habitat
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 4 in. - 0 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 6 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Creeping
    Dense
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Gray/Silver
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Purple/Lavender
    Leaf Type:
    Needles
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Dense, silver-blue foliage that will turn a purple-bronze in winter.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Patio
    Slope/Bank
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer