Juniperus horizontalis 'Hughes'

Creeping Juniper

Tips for Homeowners:

Best to plant where it can grow to its full potential without pruning.  Important to clean tools before pruning to eliminate potential for insect and disease.

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A great accent evergreen with its silvery foliage and spreading habit, it is ideal for adding texture and color to the landscape.

  • Silver-blue foliage spring through fall
  • Turns slightly purple in winter
  • Low-growing, spreading growth habit

There are so many ways to use this shrub in the landscape! Ground cover, rock gardens, by house foundations, on slopes for erosion control, or in a group in large open areas.

Height: 10-12 in
Spread: 6-8 ft
Zone: 3-9
Color: Non-Flowering

Interesting Notes about Creeping Juniper:

Junipers are popular evergreen shrubs and trees because there are many different shapes to fit many landscape uses, plus they are very resistant to deer damage. They tolerate heavy clay soils, pollution, and some dry periods once they're established. However they absolutely don't like being in a spot that stays wet. The young foliage is prickly but softens to the touch as it gets older.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Great Foliage
  • Naturalizing
  • Mass Planting
  • Evergreen
  • Winter Interest
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Rock Garden
  • Ground Cover

Foliage Color:

  • Purple
  • Green
  • Silver
  • Blue


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant


  • Creeping/Ground Cover

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Winter
  • Fall
  • Summer

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water