Juniperus communis 'Depressa Aurea'
Golden Flat Juniper
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Conifer, evergreen, dwarf shrub, rarely above 4 ft (1.2 m) high, essentially procumbent. Leaves awl-shaped, to 15 mm long, with a glaucous white band on upper surface with a green margin. New shoots strongly colored yellow, fades with time; can brown in winter (Dirr, 1998, p. 511, "rather depressing especially in winter").
- Sun. Can do well in inhospitable soils.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 2 The procumbent habit is considered a geographical variety, var. depressa, which is native to the mountains of eastern US and Canada. The "aurea" form is a variation of this.
- Depressa: refers to flattened, low growing form; Aurea: golden, yellow.