We are searching data for your request:
Juniper is a coniferous plant of the Cypress family that comes in many varieties and grows across many climate zones. Most are found in the Northern Hemisphere. Junipers can range from tall evergreen trees, to shrubs, to groundcover varieties. They can be recognized by their needle shaped leaves, which turn scaly as the plant matures. Juniper trees have characteristic blue-colored berries at the ends of their branches. All juniper types produce cones.
Some Juniper is monecious—it has both male and female plant parts, and can reproduce even though only one tree or shrub is present. Pollen from the male plant parts can get into the air and reach the female cones. The berries that then around found on the plant are what encapsulate the seed. Creeping juniper is dioecious. This means that some plants are male and some are female, and one of each must be present for reproduction to occur. Both produce cones. Females can be distinguished from males by the berries they produce after they mature.
Juniper has several medicinal properties, and various plant parts are used for medical purposes. Juniper is believed to act as a diuretic or antiseptic.
Creeping juniper, sometimes also called creeping cedar, is a low lying evergreen groundcover. Within the taxonomy of the plant kingdom they are referred to as juniperus horizontalis. Although there are several varieties, they all grow usually no more than 2 feet tall, and will spread and extend roots as they do so. Most will spread about 8 feet. Some extend to 10 feet or more. If they are in a container or on a ledge, they will continue growing and “cascade” over the side. Creeping junipers usually expand their width by 1 to 2 feet each year.
There are over 50 species of the genus juniperus total, and juniper horizantalis is just one of those species. Within the species, over 100 cultivars are used and sold in nurseries. Below are some of the most popular varieties if creeping juniper. Unless otherwise noted, these will grow in USDA hardiness zones 3-9.
This low growing shrub is suitable for many landscaping and garden layouts. It makes a good groundcover if you have a hill that is difficult to mow: just replace grass with creeping juniper. It will eventually fill in the area, and you won’t have to cut the grass there. It also will block light from reaching weeds.
Many people like to plant creeping juniper around mailboxes or other places that are hard to water. They are pretty resistant to drought. They also go well in hardscapes or in rock gardens, since they don’t have very particular soil requirements.
Creeping juniper looks nice when paired with other evergreens of varying height and colors. They also are lovely next to or in front of rose bushes. To fill in an empty space, you can combine it with other groundcovers like creeping phlox (also evergreen in some zones), creeping sedum, or creeping thyme.
Creeping juniper can be grown either from cuttings or from seed. Growing via cuttings is a much faster method, and will produce a plant that is identical to the original. This is the preferred method of propagation.
To grow using cuttings, take a soft wood (newer growth) cutting from an existing plant anytime between July and November. The cutting should be between 8 and 10 inches long. Prepare a planter with seed starting mix (one that does not have soil, but rather peat moss, vermiculite, or a combination), and create a hole where the cutting will go with a knife or a pencil. Take off the leaves from the bottom third of the cutting. Cut a few small slits in that bottom third. Put the cutting in the hole in the seed starting mix. Carefully push the growing medium around the base of the cutting so that it is set firmly. Water or mist carefully until the mixture is moist. Cover the container with a plastic bag (a gallon size Ziploc bag works fine), being sure that the sides of the bag don’t touch the plant. Mist whenever the soil feels dry. The cutting should root after one to two months. Once it does, remove the plastic and move it to a window. By the next spring, you should be able to plant the cutting outside.
Question: Why is my juniper ground cover browning out in one part of the flower bed, but not the other?
Answer: Is the part when the growing juniper is growing receiving more water? Browning could be due to root rot, if the plant is getting too much water and the soil isn't draining.
Question: I planted a ground cover evergreen, not juniper, I think, some 30 years ago. It grew horizontally for many years, but one stem started to grow vertically, and now we have a tree over 20 feet high. Is this a common phenomenon?
Answer: Maybe the way it rooted itself as it was spreading caused it to do that. I have some juniper cuttings that I propagated which are also trying to grow vertically.
Question: Is creeping juniper dog safe?
Answer: Yes. It could cause minor stomach upset if they eat it, but it is not life threatening.
what can you use to kill weeds without killing juniper on April 19, 2020:
Edwin Moss on May 12, 2019:
Question, can junipers be pruned and if so how and when?
The ones we have grow very quickly, reach about 2 to 3 feet high and virtually take over the entire flower bed!
Rollie Gibeau on April 13, 2019:
My front lawn is being invaded with scutch/crab/ grass. I'm considering planting low growing creeping juniper virtually all over iit. The area That I'd have to cover is about 2000 sq.ft. I'd like your reaction to this proposal. Thanks!
richard m sullivan on March 30, 2019:
What eats the bark?
Bonnie on May 12, 2018:
Really great information, thank you!