Blue Rug Juniper Shrub

Product Description

Tired of grass? Have poor soil conditions? The Blue Rug Juniper shrub is the ideal plant for you. This classic dark green needled evergreen creeping plant will provide year-round coverage with an unmatched charm. With silvery-blue foliage and easy maintenance, what is not to love!

This Juniper variety is the most tolerant to less than optimal conditions like dry, sandy, and sloped terrains. Place it cascading against a wall, over rocks, and on banks to aid in erosion control. Using the Blue Rug Juniper for ground cover is an excellent choice, as they are the lowest and slowest growing Junipers. The birds will also be grateful when Juniper berries appear in the fall, as they are the perfect snack for our winged friends.

Blue Rug Juniper Care

The Juniper Blue Rug plant is a low maintenance species known for its ability to thrive in desert climates. When planted in ideal conditions, this Juniper is extremely easy to care for. During colder seasons, the silver-blue evergreen leaves will acclimate to the fluctuating temperatures of snow and frost. A common pest that occurs in this evergreen shrub is spider mites. This can be prevented by hosing the plant with a strong spray of water and will disrupt web-making.

How To Plant Blue Rug Juniper Ground Cover

Juniperus horizontalis ‘wiltonii’ grows best in USDA hardiness zone 3 to 9. Grow this Juniper in a full sun spot, and water once the soil has completely dried. Plant Blue Rug Juniper ground cover in a hole double the size of the root ball. This trailing juniper is drought tolerant and prefers less moisture in its root systems. Juniper shrubs are also tolerant to salty or sandy soils and can be planted near the coast.

How Big Does Blue Rug Juniper Grow

The Blue Rug Juniper will spread about 6-8 feet and only reach .5 feet in height. Plant this shrub staggered, 3 to 4 feet apart to ensure full coverage groundcover functions.

How To Prune Blue Rug Juniper

Pruning a Blue Rug Juniper should be done lightly to achieve the desired shape. Heavy trimming is not recommended because Junipers usually have dead zones in their center. This means that some areas on a mature Blue Rug plant may not receive sufficient light and will dry up. On most occasions, new growth will not develop in this area unless there are remaining green needles on the affected branches.

Creeping Junipers, like the Blue Rug, should be pruned by cutting back to make strong lateral branches. Prune your plant by following its natural growth patterns, and cut above the dead zone. As always, make sure your shears are sanitized to reduce cross-contamination and prevent disease.

Is Blue Rug Juniper Deer Resistant?

The Blue Rug Juniper is deer resistant unless it is the only specimen in the area. Juniper plants are not deer’s first choice but will be more attractive when they produce berries.

Blue Rug Juniper Landscaping Ideas

Blue Rug Junipers make a great addition to all sorts of landscapes. If you’ve ever wanted a green wall, look no further! You can train the Juniper to cascade over walls to encourage a centered growth habit. They are most commonly seen in rock gardens, retaining walls, and borders as their creeping habits given the landscape a multi-dimensional look. If you have bare sandy soil spots in your yard, the Blue Rug Juniper will surprise you with its ability to thrive in dry conditions. Keep in mind that this Juniper variety does best in well-draining soil to avoid root rot. The evergreen foliage will develop a purple shade in winter, giving a great contrast to whatever landscape they are planted in.

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Botanical Name

Juniperus horizontalis 'wiltonii'

Sunlight Full Sun / Partial Shade
Foliage Color Evergreen
Mature Height 0-1 ft
Mature Width 6-8 ft
Growing Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Low maintenance
  • Feathery green foliage
  • Deer resistant
  • Drought tolerant

Shipping Info

Once your Blue Rug Juniper Shrub order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

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No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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Care

CEPHALOTAXUS SPREADING YEW CARE:

The slow growing, spreading and low-lying nature makes the “Plum Yew” a great choice for tight spaces. The Cephalotaxus grows in full shade to partial sun. Water regularly until established, prefers medium to moist, well-drained soil. When planting multiples, allow for a 2-foot gap between plants.

PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS:

Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your Spreading Yew, our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

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    Stunning specimens (3) and all of them translated beautifully.

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