Juniperus squamata 'Blue Star'

Tried and Trouble-free Recommended by 6 Professionals
Common Name: singleseed juniper
Type: Needled evergreen
Family: Cupressaceae
Zone: 4 to 8
Height: 1.00 to 3.00 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 4.00 feet
Bloom Time: Non-flowering
Bloom Description: Non-flowering
Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Leaf: Evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Other: Winter Interest
Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Erosion, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil, Air Pollution


Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerant of a wide variety of soils and some drought. Intolerant of the hot and humid conditions of the deep South.

Noteworthy Characteristics

This juniper cultivar is a slow-growing, dwarf evergreen shrub with a low-mounded, hemispherical habit. Typically grows to only 1 foot tall after 5 years, but eventually matures over time to 2-3' high. Features awl-shaped, silver blue foliage which is attractive year-round. Sometimes commonly called singleseed juniper because each bluish, berry-like, female cone contains but a single seed. This cultivar is a sport of Juniperus squamata 'Meyeri.'


Generally susceptible to bagworms. In hot conditions, spider mites and fungal diseases can also be problems.

Garden Uses

Specimen shrub or foundation plant. Younger plants are good for the rock garden or may be massed to form a bushy ground cover.