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Creeping Juniper Juniperus horizontalis 'Lime Glow'

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Description

Juniperus horizontalis or creeping juniper is an evergreen plant.  Its best-growing conditions include dry sandy soil, but it will adapt to a variety of conditions with the exception of wet locations.  In its native locations, it can be found growing on slopes, cliffs, prairies, sand dunes, and stream banks.  Rocky sites are not a problem for this versatile species.  Its low-growing spreading habit can form a dense mat of attractive foliage.   

'Lime Glow' makes an attractive accent plant and is often grown for its foliage.  This dwarf, creeping plant has chartreuse to yellow needles that turn to a darkened burnt orange in the winter.  Its low spreading form makes it an excellent choice for use for erosion control.  Its form is an upright mound to v-shaped.

A prize-winning specimen, 'Lime Glow' was awarded the 'Award of Garden Merit' of the Royal Horticultural Society.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Junipers are susceptible to blights.  Root rot may be present if proper drainage is not provided and the plant is situated in a wet location.  Some insects affecting this plant are aphids, bagworms, webworms, and scale.  

 

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Juniperus
    Species:
    horizontalis
    Family:
    Cupressaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Alaska, Canada and northern US
    Play Value:
    Textural
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Shrub
    Habit/Form:
    Mounding
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3b, 3a, 4b, 4a, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Blue
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Description:
    Dark blue berries will mature in a few years but are seldom seen on cultivated plants.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Bright lime-green to lemon-yellow foliage. Burnish gold winter color.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Patio
    Pool/Hardscape
    Slope/Bank
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Barrier
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Mass Planting
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer