Juniperus squamata 'Blue Star'
plant has a low growing, rounded, compact growth habit. It has very
rich, silvery-blue needles year around. Makes a very pretty groundcover
as it matures. Slower growth rate than most junipers. Prefers full sun,
but will accept some shade. Excellent choice for a colorful accent
border to trim our larger foundation or specimen planting areas. First discovered around 1950, and has been a very popular choice - especially in cooler, more temperate climates ever since.
Plant Facts & Specifications
Mature Height: 1 1/2 - 2 ft
Mature Width: 3-5 ft
Growth rate: Slow to moderate ( 2"- 4" avg per yr )
Hardiness Zones: 4-8 ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone finder below )
Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade. Growth rate will be slightly slower in shadier spots.
Soil Preference: Average to slightly acidic & sandy - well drained. Mulching recommended.
Foliage Color & Texture: Foliage is needle like, and very, very silvery blue. Has a prickly feel to it, but looks much more intimidating than it actually is.
Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts: None to mention
Diseases / Insects:
Rather trouble free juniper - however many Juniperus squamata varieties have been known to be susceptible to bagworms from time to time. Inspect plants once or twice a year for any signs of bagworm infestations.
Fertilization / Feeding: Either
water soluble ( Miracle Gro, or equivalent ), or granular ( Holly Tone
is excellent ). Other granular types with 6-12-12, or 10-10-10 ratio is
acceptable. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall -
avoid feeding during hot summer months, and directly after