Blue Star Juniper
Juniperus squamata 'Blue Star'
Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
|Botanical Pronunciation||ju-NIP-er-us skwah-MAH-ta|
|Lore||This species is also referred to as Singleseed Juniper due to the unique berry-like seed cones produced, each containing just one seed.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Slowly reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide.|
|Bloom Time||Conifer; prized for foliage.|
|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.|
|Garden Style||Asian/Zen, Contemporary, Rustic|
|Landscape Use||Border, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Poolside, Rock Garden, Coastal Exposure, Urban Garden, Ground Cover|
|Light Needs||Full sun|
|Soil Needs||All-Purpose Plant Food|
|Special Feature||Dense Habit, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Bird Friendly|
|Watering Needs||Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.|
|Key Feature||Easy Care Groundcover|
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.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 4 - 8