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
--Fertilization / Feeding: For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.