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Blue Forest Juniper
Juniperus sabina 'Blue Forest'
Blue Forest Juniper foliage
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Height: 8 inches
Spread: 5 feet
Hardiness Zone: 3
A unique and unusual groundcover; unlike other junipers, this variety has bright blue upright fronds which spread across the ground, resembles a very low forest of evergreen trees; a superb groundcover for home landscapes, very adaptable and hardy
Blue Forest Juniper has attractive blue foliage. The scale-like leaves are highly ornamental and turn purple in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.
Blue Forest Juniper is a dense multi-stemmed 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 Forest Juniper is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Blue Forest Juniper will grow to be about 8 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 approximately 30 years.
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.