Blue Star Juniper
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Blue Star Juniper is a dapper little Accent that’s perfect for the landscape beds near your patio, front door, foundation, pool, or any of the formal areas around your home needing a spark of color. With its steely blue evergreen foliage and neat rounded shape, this nifty conifer will give you four seasons of interest while requiring hardly any maintenance. No raking leaves and little if any pruning with this one. Slow-growing and compact, Blue Star Juniper never gets out of control. You can plant it under your window without worrying about it obstructing your view.
- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
- Exposure: Full Sun
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This species of Juniper is native to China and the Himalayas, where it enjoys the cool mountain air and sharp drainage. It wasn’t known to Westerners until the early 1900s, when a plant collector for the USDA named Frank Meyer traveled to Asia on an expedition. (You might recognize his name, because he also discovered the Meyer Lemon.) Meyer did not have to hike the Himalayas to find this species—he simply bought it at a Chinese nursery and renamed it ‘Meyeri’. In 1950, a Meyeri Juniper in a Dutch nursery sprouted an extra-compact branch. Blue Star Juniper was born.
Blue Star Juniper’s soothing blue needles go with just about everything in the landscape. We are especially fond of it with purple or silver foliage, or with pink, orange, white, or yellow flowers.
How to Grow
Blue Star Juniper longs for the cool mountain air of its ancestral homeland. It will look the perkiest and live the longest in cool-summer regions like New England, but it will grow in other parts of the country, too. Just try to give it what it needs—full sun, excellent drainage, and a layerof mulch to help moderate temperatures in the root zone. Blue Star is resistant to pests and diseases, though occasionally little brown bagworm cases may appear. Simply pick them off and crush them under your heel—problem solved.
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