Juniperus squamata 'Blue Carpet'
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Height: 12 inches
Spread: 5 feet
Hardiness Zone: 4
Other Names: Singleseed Juniper
A highly attractive and sophisticated groundcover for discerning landscapers, features soft bluish-gray fine-textured foliage; a highly compact low spreader, with arching branch tips, excellent for massing or as a color accent groundcover
Blue Carpet Juniper has attractive powder blue foliage. The scale-like leaves are ornamentally significant but remain powder blue through the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.
Blue Carpet Juniper is a dense spreading evergreen shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.
This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Blue Carpet Juniper is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- General Garden Use
- Mass Planting
Blue Carpet Juniper will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.
This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments.
This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.