Juniperus horizontalis


Creeping Juniper

Evergreen conifer groundcover 10-50cm high by 2-3m wide. Juvenile leaves are are needle-like; adult leaves are glaucus, scale-like and grow close to the stem. Foliage colour is variable, ranging from mid-green to blue-green to grey, depending upon variety. Cones are bluish to 20mm, but rarely seen on cultivated plants.


Slow-growing, but long-lived ornamental groundcover suitable for rock gardens. Is also used as a groundcover under orchard trees.


Suitable for full sun or semi-shade, it prefers a well-drained soil. Tolerates frost, drought and salt winds. Can be pruned, but avoid cutting into old wood. Propagate by seed, cuttings and layering.


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Book: ‘Growing Conifers’ by John Mason is available through Courses on Conifers and Landscape Design are available through Australian Correspondence Schools, see

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