Juniper, Creeping (Juniperus horizontalis)-Hort Answers - University of Illinois Extension
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Juniper, Creeping
Juniperus horizontalis

Creeping Juniper, cultivar 'Bar Harbor'
Creeping Juniper, cultivar 'Bar Harbor'
Evergreen foliage. On some cultivars, foliage wll turn purple in winter. 
Full sun. Tolerant of dry soils and poor soils. 

Several cultivars available including:

  • 'Bar Harbor'- steel blue foliage in summer, turns purplish in winter; 10 inches tall.
  • 'Blue Chip'- blue foliage; 10-12 inches tall.
  • 'Douglasii'- blue green foliage turns silvery purple in winter; less prone to Phomopsis twig blight.
  • 'Emerald Spreader'- green foliage; very low-growing (mat-like).
  • 'Mother Lode'- bright yellow foliage which turns yellow orange in fall and purplish in winter.
  • 'Wiltonii'- Silvery blue foliage, with a hint of purple in winter; very low growing and mat -like.
Mature Height
12-18 Inches
USDA Hardiness Zone
3 - 8 
Bloom Color
Not of Interest
Bloom Season
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
Exposure/Light Requirements
Full Sun
Foliage Color
Pests and Problems

Environmental Damage

Fungal Disease

Additional pests and problems that may affect this plant:

Phomopsis tip blight is a common problem. Spider mites are also a problem occasionally.
Additional Notes


Related Resources
Home, Yard & Garden Pest Guide
Illinois Commercial Landscape and Turfgrass Pest Management Handbook
U of IL - Distance Diagnosis through Digital Imaging
U of IL - Plant Clinic