Plant Taxonomy of Blue Star Juniper:
Plant taxonomy classifies Blue Star juniper as Juniperus squamata 'Blue Star'. As always when discussing plant classification, the part of the name in single quotes is the cultivar name.
Characteristics of Blue Star Juniper:
Blue Star juniper is a needled evergreen with silvery-blue foliage. This slow-growing plant is a dwarf, forming a compact mound that reaches just 1-3 feet in height at maturity, with a similar spread. Its foliage is densely packed.
Planting Zones for Blue Star Juniper:
Grow Blue Star juniper in zones 4 to 8.
Sun and Soil Requirements:
Plant Blue Star juniper in full sun and in a well-drained soil.
Plant Care for Blue Star Juniper:
Their slow growth rate means that Blue Star juniper shrubs hardly ever have to be pruned. Along with certain types of wildflowers and native plants, this may be one of the lowest-maintenance plants you could possible choose to grow in the landscape. Just make sure to water these dwarf shrubs properly their first year in the yard so that they can become established, then let them go! They're relatively drought-tolerant shrubs once established. Any disease or pest problems will generally occur only in hot, humid regions.
Uses for Blue Star Juniper in the Yard:
As dwarf shrubs, Blue Star junipers are effective specimens for very small spaces. For larger spaces, they can be used as edging plants. Because they're drought-tolerant once established, they're a good choice if you wish to include a dwarf shrub in your rock garden. Looking for a striking landscape color scheme? The bluish color of Blue Star juniper goes well with plants with golden foliage.
The Common Name, "Blue Star Juniper":
If you take a bird's-eye view of the shrub, you'll notice that the clusters of needles atop the tiny stems resemble stars.