Golden Carpet Juniper

Juniperus horizontalis 'Golden Carpet'

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Golden Carpet Juniper (Juniperus horizontalis 'Golden Carpet') at Weston Nurseries

Golden Carpet Juniper

Golden Carpet Juniper

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Height:  6 inches

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2b

Brand:  Iseli Nursery


An excellent evergreen groundcover for general landscape and garden use, with dense, golden foliage which takes on mauve tones in winter, forms a low branching, wide spreading carpet; extremely vigorous, adaptable, and hardy

Ornamental Features

Golden Carpet Juniper is a dwarf conifer which is primarily valued in the garden for its broadly spreading habit of growth. It has attractive gold foliage with hints of bluish-green which emerges yellow in spring. The scale-like sprays of foliage are highly ornamental and remain gold throughout the winter. It produces blue berries from late spring to late winter.

Landscape Attributes

Golden Carpet Juniper is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Golden Carpet Juniper is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Golden Carpet Juniper will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Groundcover 
Fruit  Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features