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Blue Star Juniper

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Juniperus squamata ‘Blue Star’ (Blue Star Juniper) – This atypical and highly ornamental ball-shaped juniper has dense, silvery-blue foliage radially arranged around the branches, giving the appearance of stars. It is an excellent color and interest plant for general garden use, and its size makes it perfect for rock gardens.

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
3 feet
Average Landscape Width:
4 feet
Growth Rate:
slow
Genus:
Juniperus
Species:
squamata
Cultivar:
Blue Star
Summer Foliage Color:
blue
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
round
Canopy:
closed
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Other Species Names:
Singleseed Juniper
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Evergreen:
1
Density:
dense

Ornamental Features

Blue Star Juniper is a dwarf conifer which is primarily valued in the garden for its ornamental globe-shaped form. It has attractive blue evergreen foliage which emerges silvery blue in spring. The needles are highly ornamental and remain blue throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Blue Star Juniper is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

Planting & Growing

Blue Star Juniper will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

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