Blue Creeper® Juniper
Blue Creeper® Juniper
Juniperus scopulorum 'Monam'Item #5215 USDA Hardiness Zone: 3 - 7
The mounded, spreading form works well in the foreground of shrub borders, as a specimen accent, or as a large scale groundcover. The outstanding blue foliage intensifies its coloring in winter.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 2 ft. tall, spreading 6 to 8 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:ju-NIP-er-us skop-u-LO-rumDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:SpreadingGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 2 ft. tall, spreading 6 to 8 ft. wide.Special features:Bird Friendly, Deer Resistant, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Waterwise, Year-round InterestFoliage color:Blue-greenBlooms:Conifer; prized for foliage.Design IdeasThis beautiful evergreen is a super useful cold hardy groundcover for cut slopes, banks and naturally sloping ground subject to problem runoff and erosion. Well suited to expansive borders for low maintenance weed blocker between more high profile upright shrubs. Strong grower stands up against the edges of walks and driveways. Foliage gracefully grounds larger rock outcroppings and will drape off edges of curbs and retaining walls.
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. As a groundcover, space plants 5 ft. apart, (closer for faster coverage). Control weeds with mulch until the plants cover the area.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- History & LoreHistory:Linnaeus first classified genus Juniperus in 1767, which contains over 60 different species from around the world. but only in the northern hemisphere. This species, J. scopulorum is a North American native tree that grows to 35 feet and was introduced in 1839 by Charles Sprague Sargent, director of Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University. Its range that extends from the Rocky Mountains and into the far western high country. Like all junipers it is quite variable with many low growing forms. This cultivar was discovered by Clayton Berg and introduced by Monrovia Nursery Co. in 1986.Lore:Juniper berries are the flavoring agent of gin. It's oil was once highly valued as a medicinal and used in many compounds. It was used to line pits where Native Americans stored food for winter because its oils prove a natural insect repellant.