Blue Star Juniper (Juniperus Squamata ‘Blue Star’) Zone 4 to 8
Blue Star Juniper (Juniperus Squamata ‘Blue Star’) is an evergreen shrub that features silver blue foliage that is soft to the touch. The foliage is very dense and has a spreading habit. The mature height is 2 to 3 feet tall and takes many years to reach that height due to its slow growth. The mature width is about 3 to 4 feet but can be easily trimmed into a smaller size. Blue Star won’t get any seeds or any flowers on it.
Blue Star Juniper Landscape Use
Due to the slow growth this Blue Star Juniper is great for planting in small spaces such as in between a sidewalk and a house. When planting near a house or a sidewalk keep it spaced 2 feet away to prevent it from overgrowing the space. Another good use would be using it as a border for a sidewalk or for a landscape bed. This bright blue color makes a good contrast shrub to add color to your landscape all year long. I think it will go good with some red plants such as Red java Weigela or Crimson Pygmy Barberry. Blue Star Juniper will attract some wildlife such as birds. The nice thing about this shrub is it is a plant and forget shrub that will almost never need trimmed. It prefers full sun to part shade but will grow in shade. When growing it in shade the foliage will not get as thick and may get bare spots.
Mature height: 2 to 3 feet in many years. It can easily be kept trimmed much smaller is desired.
Mature width: 3 to 4 feet
Soil type: Adaptable to most types of soil, Blue Star Juniper will grow in clay, sand, or rocky soil.
Growth rate: Very slow. Blue star will only grow about 2 inches per year.
Moisture: Needs watered when first planted. It is drought tolerant.
Flower: Does not get flowers.
Seed: Does not get seeds.
Winter color: It may turn a little bit darker in winter but keeps the blue color pretty good.
Maintenance: Extremely low. It will only need trimmed after several years to control growth.
Sun exposure: Full sun to part shade is best but will survive in full shade.
Blue Star Juniper Pictures