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Youngstown JuniperJuniperus horizontalis 'Plumo'

  • Youngstown Juniper - Juniperus horizontalis 'Plumosa Compacta Youngstown'
This trailing beauty has superb coloring. The featherlike evergreen foliage is bright silvery-green in the warmer months, taking on a purplish or bronze tinge as the weather gets colder. The Youngstown juniper works well for rock gardens, foundation plantings, retaining wall edges and erosion control.

Hardiness Zones

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

Tree Type

This is an evergreen shrub, keeping its foliage year-round.

Mature Size

The Youngstown juniper grows to a height of around 1' and a spread of 2–8' 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 and partial shade are best for this shrub, meaning it prefers a minimum of 4 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

The Youngstown juniper tolerates hot, dry, swamp or exposed sites as well as slightly alkaline, heavy, sandy and rocky soils.


This shrub:
  • Works well as ground cover.
  • Features silvery-green, scale-like needles with a featherlike texture that are 1/6" long and pressed close to the stem in ranks of 4.
  • Takes on a purplish or bronze tinge in cold weather.
  • Tolerates a wide variety of soil types.
  • Yields small dark blue cones that are often referred to as juniper berries.
  • Grows in a prostrate, spreading shape.
  • Develops a deep taproot.

Wildlife Value

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


The creeping juniper is native to North America. This cultivar was developed by Andorra Nurseries of Philadelphia.