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Blue Star Juniper

Juniperus squamata 'Blue Star'

Pronunciation: ju-NIP-er-us skwah-MAH-ta
SKU #05339
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OVERVIEW
Description 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 plantings in minimal-care landscapes. Evergreen.
Light Full sun
Watering Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.
Blooms Conifer; prized for foliage.
Mature Size Slowly reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide.
DETAILS
Deciduous/Evergreen Evergreen
Special Features Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Waterwise, Benefits Birds
Growth Rate Slow
Growth Habit Spreading
STYLE
Landscape Use Border, Poolside, Ground Cover
Design Ideas This 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.
Foliage Color Silver-blue
Companion Plants Barberry (Berberis); Rose (Rosa); Catmint (Nepeta); Ninebark (Physocarpus); Maiden Grass (Miscanthus)
CARE
Care Easy to grow in average soils; prefers well-drained, sandy soil; avoid overly wet conditions. Water deeply and regularly 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.
HISTORY
Lore This species is also referred to as Singleseed Juniper due to the unique berry-like seed cones produced, each containing just one seed.

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