• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow growing 2 to 3 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Easy Care Groundcover
    Blooms:
    Conifer; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:ju-NIP-er-us skwah-MAH-ta
    Plant type:Groundcover, Conifer
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Spreading
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growing 2 to 3 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Silver-blue
    Blooms: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)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Easy to grow in average soils; prefers well-drained, sandy soil; avoid overly wet conditions. Water regularly during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Once established, water deeply, less frequently. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer in spring. Rarely needs pruning except to shape as desired.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    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.