Scientific Name: Juniperus squamata
Common Name: squamata juniper, Blue Star juniper
Family Name: Cupressaceae
Origin: Central / west Asia, S.E. Asia / Japan / China
Hardiness Zone: Zone 5: (-29 to -23 °C)
Plant Type: Conifer
Mature Size: 0.7 - 1.3m x 1.0 - 1.5m (height x width)
Habit: Dense
Form: Mounded, Oval - horizontal
Texture: Fine
Landscape Uses: Small garden/space, Winter interest
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil or Media: Rocky or gravelly or dry, Well-drained
Leaves: Needle-like, Whorled, Leathery, Glabrous, Linear, Entire
Flowers: n/a (male cone), Green, Brown, Apr-May
Fruit: Cone (winged seeds), Black, Sep-Oct
Key ID Features:
Mostly horizontal shrubs to less commonly small trees; shaggy exfoliating cinnamon bark, twigs densely arranged, staight or curved, not angled; scale-like leaves absent; awl-shaped leaves in whorls of 3, needle part 4-7(-12) x 1-2.5mm, slightly concave, with white stomatal bands on the inner surface, bluish year round; seed cones blue-black or black, ovoid to globose, 4-9 x 4-6mm, seeds 1 per cone, 2-5mm wide. <a href ="" target="_blank"></a>