Flaky Juniper (Juniperus squamata 'Blue Star')

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 1 to 3 feet
Plant Spread: 2 to 4 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fragrant
Needled
Other: Silvery-blue.
Fruit: Showy
Other: Small, fleshy purplish-black berry-like cones; each containing a single seed.
Uses: Provides winter interest
Groundcover
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Wind
Parentage: Sport of: Meyeri
Child plants: 2 child plants

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Comments:
Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Dec 1, 2013 2:55 PM

A well-behaved juniper that does not seem to have that cat-urine smell to it. Lovely blue color, stays compact.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Apr 25, 2019 10:22 AM

This Blue Star Meyer Single-seed Juniper is commonly planted in the yards and landscapes of many homeowners and some semi-professional landscapes in the Midwest, the Mid-Atlantic, the Northeast, and much of the South in the USA. It is sold at all the big box stores and many conventional nurseries as a cheap woody plant. I don't understand why anyone really likes it, even when it is some specimens that are in good condition. I've seen a good number get icky with dead and brown areas as time goes on. The mother species of Single-seed Juniper and the Meyer cultivar from which it came also get ratty looking in time with brown areas. It is not as bad in more northern regions with cooler summers versus really warm, humid summers. This plant is very blue, and many like to stick it in with woody plants that have yellow or red foliage for the growing season, as the Goldthread False Cypress and dwarf red barberries; all of which together looks just awful, and so artificial. Better to use flowers for colour.

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