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Alpine Carpet Juniper

Juniperus communis 'Alpine Carpet'

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Alpine Carpet Juniper (Juniperus communis 'Alpine Carpet') at Green Haven Garden Centre

Alpine Carpet Juniper

Alpine Carpet Juniper

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Height:  8 inches

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2

Description:

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

Ornamental Features

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.

Landscape Attributes

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 high maintenance shrub that will require regular care and upkeep, 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
  • Groundcover

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 does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. 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.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Groundcover 
Applications
Fruit  Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features