6 to 12 in.
4 to 6 ft.
species is native to China, Mongolia, and Japan
USDA zones 4-9
hardy to 7,500 ft.
Dwarf creeping juniper forms a compact mat of bluish green foliage with a feathery texture. The fine-needled branches grow over each other, and vary in length. The scales can have a slightly purple tinge in winter. It is a very pretty spreading juniper.
At the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden, these junipers were slow to establish, but they are alive and healthy. The plants that are located in a sunnier area are larger and have a more intense color. The plants that were in a protected location are smaller and lighter in color. They've had very little trouble with spider mites.
Junipers require little water or fertilizer after establishment. Monthly watering during the winter can help maintain a healthy plant.