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Blue Star Juniper

Text and photo by Ellen Nibali

Juniperus squamata ‘Blue Star’

As ground cover or shrub, Blue Star juniper proves to be a champ in the landscape.  Its starry needles grow slowly to form a tidy, slightly undulating blue mound 3 to 4 feet wide. Although it can reach 3 feet, it is usually less than 2 feet high.  Barely a pest or disease bothers it. Blue Star prefers a sunny site and light, well drained soil. However, like most junipers, it will put up with a challenging range of conditions including pollution and dry, clayey, even salty, soil. It does draw the line at heavy shade and soggy soil.     

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