Juniperus Squamata Blue Star is an AGM-winning evergreen dwarf conifer with striking blue foliage. It suits rock gardens, coastal sites and low maintenance spaces.
Juniperus Squamata Blue Star is commonly known as Flaky Juniper Blue Star. Further common names include Nepalese or Himalayan Juniper referencing the high-altitude Far Eastern origins of the parent plant Juniper Squamata. The Blue Star cultivar was bred in the Netherlands in 1950 and it’s been popular in UK gardens since for its small neat low-growing habit and evergreen blue-grey needles. Although Flaky Juniper Blue Star grows in a natural dome shape, it will sometimes form a pointed star. The new foliage can grow a lighter shade of blue-grey before maturing to match the rest. It does not flower or fruit but keeps its dense blue-grey foliage all year. This is a very popular and useful evergreen that suits the majority of gardens.
Height And Spread of Juniperus Squamata Blue Star Flaky Juniper Blue Star is a small hemispherical evergreen that will reach 50cm in height and 70 cm in spread over ten years.
How Hardy Is Juniperus Squamata Blue Star Like the majority of junipers, Flaky Juniper Blue Star is hardy down to minus temperatures if its roots are well-drained. It enjoys the hot sun and can cope with some drought once established.
How To Use Juniperus Squamata Blue Star This dwarf juniper is a good space filler in a sunny mixed border where it provides interest year-round. It also suits a rock garden, a Japanese style garden, low maintenance spaces such as front gardens, and exposed sites including coastal locations. If you need to cover exposed soil Blue Star creates efficient ground cover for banks and slopes while looking attractive. It’s a small and useful evergreen that fits into most spaces and won’t outgrow its welcome.
How To Care For Juniperus Squamata Blue Star Flaky Juniper Blue Star needs little attention once established. It will grow in the majority of well-drained alkaline to acid soils. It enjoys a sunny spot and can manage in exposed, windy conditions. No pruning is required. Mulch once a year to trap moisture and keep down weed competition. Water new plants well until they have established.