Singleseed juniper

Juniperus squamata 'Blue Star'

Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Aitken
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Singleseed juniper (Juniperus squamata 'Blue Star')
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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.

Overview

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
Characteristics
Showy Foliage,
Showy Fruit
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Ground Covers,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Type
Shrubs

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