Icee Blue® Juniper
Icee Blue® Juniper
Juniperus horizontalis 'Monber'Item #4990 USDA Hardiness Zone: 3 - 9
An exceptional introduction that exhibits the best silver-blue winter color of the groundcover junipers. Maintains a full, dense crown of finely textured foliage creating a solid cover in a short time. Winter foliage becomes plum-purple in coldest climates. Easy and highly adaptable to heat, poor soils, and urban settings. Evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches only 4 in. tall, spreading up to 8 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:ju-NIP-er-us hor-i-zon-TA-lisPlant type:ConiferDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:SpreadingGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches only 4 in. tall, spreading up to 8 ft. wide.Foliage color:Silver-blueBlooms:Conifer; prized for foliage.Design IdeasLow blue spreading mounding junipers are the perfect choice for erosion control coverage on cut slopes and natural banks where run-off is a problem. This plant is perfect for nestling landscape boulders or softening the top edge of a masonry retaining wall. Makes an excellent winter structural plant for mixed borders that tend to look too barren in the colder months. Makes a useful problem solver in native and wild gardens when arranged in naturalistic compositions. As with most junipers it is welcome in Japanese gardens either natural or pruned into creative bonsai forms.Companion PlantsBarberry (Berberis); Rose (Rosa); Clematis (Clematis); Catmint (Nepeta); Russian Sage (Perovskia); Maiden Grass (Miscanthus)
- CareCare InformationEasily grown in sandy soils on the dry side; adaptable to a wide range of well-drained soils. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. As a groundcover, space plants 5 to 8 ft. apart; closer for faster coverage. Control weeds with mulch until plants fill in.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory:This is a new species with improved color introduced by Monrovia in 1996. Its parent species is native to an enormous range in North America extending from the Canadian border south to Atlanta. It is also found in isolated mountain ranges throughout the west. The species was named by German botanist, Konrad Moench.Lore:The leaves of this juniper are toxic but used in certain home remedy ointments in the Old World. Foliage was repellent to lice and used in rural areas and later oils extracted from the plant were used in traditional insecticides.