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Juniperus squamata 'Blue Star' (Singleseed juniper)

Juniperus squamata 'Blue Star' Photo/Illustration: Steve Aitken


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Juniperus squamata 'Blue Star' joo-NIP-er-us skwam-AY-tah Common Name: Singleseed juniper Genus: Juniperus
'Blue Star' jumiper is a slow-growing, compact, evergreen shrub with a mounding shape. Its silver blue foliage is attractive in all seasons, and its blue, berry-like, female cones each contain one seed, hence its common name.
Noteworthy characteristics: Adapted to a wide variety of soil types and even some drought, although it will not stand the heat and humidity of the deep South.
Care: Average, well-drained soil in full sun. No pruning is necessary.
Propagation: Junipers in general are difficult to propagate from seed, so take ripe cuttings in late fall through winter and root in a humid cold frame. Alternatively, take softwood cuttings in summer and place under mist with bottom heat.
Problems: Leaf miners, bark beetles, scale insects, aphids, mites, and caterpillars (especially bagworms) are common, while Phomopsis twig blight, Gymnosporangium rust, dieback and canker, lesion nematodes, brown felt blight, and a variety of heart and wood rots are very common in Junipers in general.
Height 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit Clumps
Growth Pace Slow Grower
Light Full Sun Only
Moisture Adaptable
Maintenance Low
Tolerance Drought Tolerant
Characteristics Showy Foliage; Showy Fruit
Foliage Color Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses Ground Covers, Specimen Plant/ Focal Point
Style Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest Winter Interest, Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Shrubs

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