creeping juniper Cupressaceae Juniperus horizontalis Moench Listen to the Latin symbol: JUHO2 Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Evergreen, mostly scale-like foliage but some awl-like foliage, soft, blue-green almost silvery, obviously glaucous.
Flower: Species is dioecious; male cones yellow-brown, round, 1/5 inch across, females small and round.
Fruit: Small, round, cones, about 1/3 inch across, silvery blue.
Twig: Slender, soft, horizontal stems that stay very close to the ground.
Bark: Reddish brown and finely scaly.
Form: Very low growing plant, rarely greater than 6 inhces in height, spreading to over 6 feet across, flat growing groundcover.

Looks like: shore juniper - Ibuki juniper - common juniper
leaf fruit twig bark form1 map
Additional Range Information:
Juniperus horizontalis is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting creeping juniper.
External Links:
USDAFS Additional Silvics
USDA Plants Database
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