Juniperus horizontalis 'Prince of Wales'
Common Name: creeping juniper
Type: Needled evergreen
Family: Cupressaceae
Zone: 3 to 9
Height: 0.25 to 0.50 feet
Spread: 3.00 to 6.00 feet
Bloom Time: Non-flowering
Bloom Description: Non-flowering
Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Ground Cover, Naturalize
Leaf: Evergreen
Other: Winter Interest
Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Erosion, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil, Air Pollution


Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Adaptable to a wide range of soils. Tolerates hot, dry conditions. To cover a large area, plant 3-4' apart.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Creeping juniper is a flat, low-growing, evergreen shrub which creeps horizontally and roots where it touches the ground. Grown primarily as a ground cover, this cultivar typically rises only to 4-6" tall, but spreads 3-6' wide. Features medium green foliage with blue overtones which becomes tinged with burgundy in winter. Fleshy, berry-like seed cones are infrequently produced.


Juniper blight can be a serious problem. Lesser problems include mites, borers and rust.

Garden Uses

An excellent groundcover which is relatively low-maintenance once established. Also a good rock garden plant. Effective in mass plantings around homes, foundations and shrubs. Also can be useful for erosion control on slopes.