This evergreen shrub, known as microbiata dessuata, is one of the most versatile there is. It’s a low-growing shrub that can serve as ground cover because it’s ever widening girth will eventually cover the ground.
Yes unlike disease prone junipers (at least they are disease prone where I come from!), these plants are not subject to pests and especially that bacterial browning.
Better yet, this plant isn’t fussy about sun–you’ll often find it as a soft ground cover under lacy trees (but it can’t take dense shade–just light shade).
Better yet, once cold weather comes, it turns from a “plain green” evergreen to one with a purple-ish, bronzy hue–like getting two plants for one!
Here is what UConn’s extension service says about the plant. Don’t be dissuaded by their comment about shade tolerance. I have a 12 year history with the plant and find it will definitely take light shade. It’s deep shade you would want to avoid–and perhaps that’s where it was trialled.