Mother Lode Juniper - Juniperus horizontalis 'Mother Lode'

Regular price $16.99

The Mother Lode Juniper is a surprisingly a great dwarf shrub for the miniature garden. A great candidate for Bonsai artists, so we can be confident that its a tolerant tree for containers, as well as frequent pruning.

It's a ground cover shrub that stays low to the ground and the new growth reaches out slowly, never upwards, only sideways and it's easy-peasy to control. Just trim it where you want.

The Mother Lode works well with Spruces, Pines and of course, other Junipers because they all like the same conditions: to dry out to barely damp soil (not dry, wrung-sponge-damp,) between watering sessions with sharp drainage and full sun. Drought tolerant once established in the ground.

The best part of the Mother Lode Juniper is the color. Lemon yellow tipped foliage in the summer (greener in the shade) turns to lovely deep orange in the fall, then a plum color in the winter, (called the winter blush.) 

  • Growth rate is 3 to 6"/yr
  • Prostrate growth habit
  • 4" tall
  • Colors change with the seasons 
  • Turns brighter yellow in full sun
  • Trim back any wayward branches
  • Can cascade down a wall or pot
  • Cold hardy zones 3 - 9 or -40F
  • Heat hardy zones 9 - 1
  • Great for hot, dry areas
  • Full sun to part shade (sun will bring out the best color)
  • Regular water until established but let dry out in between to avoid over-watering 
  • Let dry out to barely damp in between to avoid over watering if in a container
  • Comes in a 4" pot
  • An outdoor plant


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