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Juniperus horizontalis 'Wiltonii'

Family: Cupressaceae (koo-press-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Juniperus (jew-NIP-er-us) (Info)
Species: horizontalis (hor-ih-ZON-tal-is) (Info)
Cultivar: Wiltonii
Additional cultivar information: (aka Wiltoni, Blue Rug)

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under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
2 neutrals
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative WigglyPaw On May 15, 2009, WigglyPaw from Hastings, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

I have had this little shrub in a gallon container for the last year. I have carted it around the yard continually trying to decide where best to use it. Well, with all of your help and guidance, I did find the BEST place for it.

I am going to give it away at the Plant Swap at Freeport Michigan on May 23. If you want it, come and get it. LOLOL.

Its healthy and doesn't eat much, it seems to be housebroken and somewhat friendly.

I tend to give away plants that will not suit my lifestyle. My neighbor got our Cl.Josephs Coat rose because I couldn't mix orange and browns with lilac and pink, it was just looking a little too much like vomit colours. Ugh.

OK, back to the garden

Positive CaptMicha On Jun 29, 2006, CaptMicha from Brookeville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

I have these planted in a couple of beds in the front yard where they get full sun and adequate moisture because we have weedbarrier down and then we mulch over that.

One bed, on a downward slope, in the middle of the front lawn, was impossible to lanscape with anything other than a big tree. My mom didn't want that so instead with have the whole weedbarrier/mulch situation in a circle. We have a alberta spruce planted to the side and we've planted several of these plants, so that'll eventually cover the entire bed with some shrubs and flowers and bulbs poking through.

We'll see how it turns out.

In the meanwhile, my mom has started to use an organic acidic fertilizer on them and it did them wonders!

With out the sull sun, adequete water and the right kind of food, you should be able to get around the whole browning situation.

Positive escambiaguy On Oct 26, 2005, escambiaguy from Atmore, AL (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a good plant to control erosion on steep inclines. However sometimes weeds do come through the foliage and it's a pain to remove them. I recommend covering the ground between the plants with landscaping fabric and then pine bark mulch. Eventually the juniper will grow over it.

Neutral TerriFlorida On Nov 6, 2003, TerriFlorida from Plant City, FL wrote:

Groundcover Juniper to look their best MUST have full sun, and MUST be on adequate soil (better than typical Florida sand) and MUST have good drainage. They seem to appreciate mulch, but not against the crown. Plus, if you site them where you must touch them, they bite. They will survive less than ideal conditions, but they cannot look good then.

At my new place, I removed many of these plants. They'd been planted before trees matured. When I inherited them, they'd been surviving in some daily shade, and looked scraggly. I've never had luck moving these plants, so out they went for good.

I won't plant more. There are too many prettier, friendlier plants to use instead!

Negative Apachee On Nov 5, 2003, Apachee wrote:

I find the middle of the plant turns brown, and then starts to die back....

Neutral Cytania On Jul 13, 2003, Cytania wrote:

Something of a burglar deterrent this one. The needles are some of the sharpest of any Juniper I know. I prefer it's green form ('Green Carpet' of course) for groundcover.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Atmore, Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Riverview, Florida
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Macomb, Illinois
Peoria, Illinois
Yorkville, Illinois
Greenville, Indiana
Melbourne, Kentucky
Alfred, Maine
Brookeville, Maryland
Hastings, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Byhalia, Mississippi
Polson, Montana
Roswell, New Mexico
North Tonawanda, New York
Cincinnati, Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio
Choctaw, Oklahoma
Gore, Oklahoma
Mc Keesport, Pennsylvania
Conway, South Carolina
Pickens, South Carolina
Azle, Texas
Murchison, Texas
Rosburg, Washington
Sinks Grove, West Virginia

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