Blue Star Juniper
Blue Star Juniper
Juniperus squamata 'Blue Star'Item #5339 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 8
Attractive sparkling blue foliage on dense, spreading branches. Creates a colorful contrast to purple and green foliage plants. Use in a rock garden or as a low border plant. Ideal for mass planting in minimal-care landscapes. Evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.Average Landscape Size:Slow growing 2 to 3 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:ju-NIP-er-us skwah-MAH-taDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:SpreadingGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slow growing 2 to 3 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide.Foliage color:Silver-blueBlooms:Conifer; prized for foliage.Design IdeasThis icy blue Juniper spreads but is not ground hugging. Instead it makes graceful wide mounds that are particularly lovely as individual specimens in fields of gravel or bark or as a groundcover. A good choice for banks and rock gardens, where it grows gracefully around landscape boulders. Adds accent to a mass of flatter Juniper used for erosion control on banks and slopes. Particularly lovely in raised or seat-wall planters.Companion PlantsBarberry (Berberis); Rose (Rosa); Catmint (Nepeta); Ninebark (Physocarpus); Maiden Grass (Miscanthus)
- CareCare InformationEasy to grow in average soils; prefers well-drained, sandy soil; avoid overly wet conditions. Water deeply at regular intervals during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer in spring. Rarely needs pruning except to shape as desired.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- History & LoreHistory:Sometimes referred to as the Flaky or Himalayan Juniper, it is native to mountain regions such as the Himilayas, ranging from Afghanistan to Taiwan and China. Blue Star is a sport of Juniperus squamata 'Meyeri'.The wood is very fragrant when burned and is used as firewood and incense.Lore:This species is also referred to as Singleseed Juniper due to the unique berry-like seed cones produced, each containing just one seed.