SCIENTIFIC NAME: Juniperus horizontalis 'Mother Lode'
COMMON NAME: Mother Lode Creeping Juniper
GARDEN SIZE: 4-6″ tall, 4’ wide
GROWTH RATE: up to 3-5” per year under ideal conditions
USDA ZONE: 3-9
EXPOSURE: Full Sun
WATER & SOIL: Average, well-drained soil; drought tolerant once established. Avoid wet feet.
HABIT (FORM): Low-spreading/creeping, densely-branching conifer
FOLIAGE: Evergreen; Scale-like needles that emerge golden yellow in hold their color through summer transitioning to a rich, burgundy plum hue in the winter months
Care: Tolerates pruning very well. The ideal time is February or March, but they can be pruned any time. Prefers poor soil, so fertilizing isn’t recommended. Could be mulched in the spring if desired.