Alpine Carpet Juniper
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Height: 8 inches
Spread: 4 feet
Hardiness Zone: 2a
A dense and proliforous groundcover that is sure to add interest, low spreading habit and beautiful blue-green foliage is sure to attract attention; very hardy and disease resistant, it is also slow growing and is very low maintenance
Alpine Carpet Juniper has attractive bluish-green foliage with silver stripes. The needles are highly ornamental and remain bluish-green throughout the winter. It produces blue berries from late spring to late winter. The flowers are not ornamentally significant.
Alpine Carpet Juniper is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.
This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Alpine Carpet Juniper is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Rock/Alpine Gardens
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Alpine Carpet Juniper will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.
This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species.