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Bar Harbor JuniperJuniperus horizontalis 'Bar Har

  • Bar Harbor Juniper evergreen
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).

Hardiness Zones

The bar harbor juniper can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 3–9. View Map

Tree Type

Mature Size

The Bar Harbor juniper grows to a height of around 1' and a spread of 6–8' at maturity.

Growth Speed Slow to Medium Growth Rate

This shrub grows at a slow to medium rate, with height increases of anywhere from less than 12" to 24" per year.

Sun Preference

Full sun is the ideal condition for this shrub, meaning it should get at least 6 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

The Bar Harbor juniper grows in acidic, alkaline, loamy, moist, sandy, well-drained and clay soils. It is drought-tolerant.

Attributes

This shrub:
  • Works well as ground cover.
  • Features bluish-green, scale-like, awl-shaped needles that are 1/6" long and loosely appressed in ranks of 4.
  • Provides nice winter color, with foliage turning purple in the drab months.
  • Tolerates hot, dry sites as well as coastal sites within range of salt spray.
  • Yields small dark blue cones that are often referred to as juniper berries. These are not commonly produced on cultivated plants.
  • Grows in a prostrate, spreading shape.
  • Develops a deep taproot.

Wildlife Value

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

History/Lore

The creeping juniper is native to North America. This cultivar comes from Mt. Desert Island, Maine.