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Juniper, Bar Harbor Juniper horizontalis 'Bar Harbor'

Bar Harbor Juniper—Juniper horizontalis 'Bar Harbor'

A low-growing spreading form of creeping juniper with blue green color turning reddish purple in winter. It has a slow to medium growth rate, about 10' in ten years with a deep taproot. It is long lived. Typically, 'Bar Harbor' is male, but both male and female forms are known. (zones 3-9).

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Zones 3 - 9
Zones 3 - 9

Hardiness Zones: Zones 3 - 9
The Bar Harbor Juniper can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. VIEW MAP

Evergreen
Evergreen

Type of tree:
The Bar Harbor Juniper falls into the following type(s): Evergreens, Evergreen Shrubs, Shrubs

1' High
1' High

Mature Height:
The Bar Harbor Juniper grows to be 1' feet in height.

6' - 8' Spread
6' - 8' Spread

Mature Spread:
The Bar Harbor Juniper has a spread of about 6' - 8' at full maturity.

Slow to Medium Growth
Slow to Medium Growth

Growth Rate:
This tree grows at a slow to medium growth rate. [More about this.]

Full Sun
Full Sun

Sun:
This juniper does well in full sun.

Various Soils
Various Soils

Soil:
The Bar Harbor Juniper grows in acidic, alkaline, drought tolerant, loamy, moist, sandy, well drained, wide range, clay soils.

Prostrate Shape
Prostrate Shape

Shape:
This juniper has prostrate, spreading or horizontal shape.

More Info
More Info

Attributes:
A fine low-growing, spreading form of ground cover, blue-green in summer and reddish plum in winter. It adapts to many planting sites from hot, dry, and sunny locations to sloping, and exposed areas found in sea cliffs and rocky coast.

Description:
A low-growing spreading form of creeping juniper with blue green color turning reddish purple in winter. It has a slow to medium growth rate, of about 10' in ten years with a deep taproot. It is long lived. Typically, 'Bar Harbor' is male, but both male and female forms are known. (zones 3-9).

Wildlife Value:
Juniper berries are good wildlife food, high in vitamin C.

History/Lore/Use:
The creeping juniper is a North American native plant. This cultivar comes from Mt. Desert Island, Maine.

Moisture:
Tolerates hot, dry, sites and coastal sites within range of salt spray.

Leaves:
Awl-shaped leaves, loosely appressed in ranks of 4, soft-textured, scale-like. 1/6" long with bluish-green color in summer, turning reddish purple in winter.

Flower Color:
Inconspicious, male is pale brown, female is yellow green.

Bloom Time:
Late May to Early June.

Fruit Description:
Generally a male form of creeping juniper. The cones are 1/4"-1/3" long, dark blue weathering to gray.