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Juniperus squamata 'Blue Star'

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jew-NIP-er-us SKWA-ma-tuh
Description

This squat plant is a tight rounded to irregular mound evergreen that is seldom damaged by deer. The perennial's remarkable foliage is a steel blue awl-shape with a white band top.   

VIDEO created by Andy Pulte for “Landscape Plant Identification, Taxonomy and Morphology” a plant identification course offered by the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Tennessee.

 

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See this plant in the following landscape:
Mountain Ridge Top Garden - East Lawn and Lower Drive Border
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#mass planting#deer resistant#landscape plant sleuths course
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#mass planting#deer resistant#landscape plant sleuths course
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Juniperus
    Species:
    squamata
    Family:
    Cupressaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Woody
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Mounding
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Gray/Silver
    White
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Needles
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Whorled
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    The unusual bluish-gray awl-shaped leaves are in whorls of three being dense and overlapping one another.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Small Space
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Mass Planting
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Dry Soil