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Juniperus horizontalis 'Plumosa Compacta'

Phonetic Spelling
jew-NIP-er-us hor-ih-zon-TAL-iss plew-MOH-sah com-PAK-tah
Description

Andorra Juniper is a flat-spreading, evergreen shrub that grows 1-2" high and 4'-6' wide and stays full in the center. Its blue-green foliage turns purple in winter. It has a moderate growth rate, is fine textured, has good ground cover, is good to be planted in mass, and is good as a border or as foundation planting (as long as there are several hours of sun per day. It can also be used for Bonsai. This plant prefers full sun and well-drained, acidic to slightly alkaline soil. It is intolerant of shade but is tolerant of dry heat and drought. This plant is susceptible to spider mites, aphids, twig borers, and Phomopsis twig blight. 

Quick ID Hints:

  • Mostly awl-shaped leaves but can also be intermediate, opposite, or in whorls of threes
  • Gray-green leaves appear in the summer and turn light purple in the winter
  • Foliage is sticky
  • Female cone is 1/4" in diameter, globose, bluish or greenish-black, and glaucous
  • This plant is a flat-spreading, evergreen shrub

More information on Juniperus horizontalis.

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Tags:
#evergreen#sun#drought tolerant#purple leaves#fine texture#bonsai#winter interest#mass planting#cpp#mounding#well-drained soil#spreading#deer resistant#foundation planting#acidic soil tolerant#alkaline soil tolerant#ground cover#fantz#border#foli
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#sun#drought tolerant#purple leaves#fine texture#bonsai#winter interest#mass planting#cpp#mounding#well-drained soil#spreading#deer resistant#foundation planting#acidic soil tolerant#alkaline soil tolerant#ground cover#fantz#border#foli
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Juniperus
    Species:
    horizontalis
    Family:
    Cupressaceae
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Shrub
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Blue
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Plant produces female fruits that are 1/4" in diameter, globose, bluish or greenish-black, and glaucous.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Whorled
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are mostly awl-shaped but can also be intermediate, opposite, or occasionally in whorls of threes. Leaves are gray-green in the summer and light purple in the winter. Foliage is sticky. Often grown for its foliage.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Stems are very long and floppy and form large, dense mats.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Asian Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer