Also called creeping cedar. Part of juniper  genus Juniperus in cypress  family Cupressaceae.


Native to most of 🇨🇦 Canada, and some parts of northern 🇺🇸 USA.

▭ 🌎︎ Map by county (🇺🇸 USA-48), ▭ 🌎︎ map (scroll down), ▭ 🌎︎ map (North America, Central America).  Adobe Acrobat Reader file

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)

Juniperus hosts caterpillars of 41 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.

Use in a sidewalk strip garden, bloom dates, height, light, moisture, etc. (Pennsylvania).  Adobe Acrobat Reader file (pages 17 and 41)

Junipers are the winter host for 🍄︎ fungal disease trellis rust (TR)  Gymnosporangium sabinae.  Adobe Acrobat Reader file   Which then transfers to nearby 🍐︎ pear  genus Pyrus as the ⚘ summer host.  Then back again!

So in areas that may have this disease, do not plant these two hosts within 300 m (1000 ft) of each other!

Learn more about creeping juniper Juniperus horizontalis

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