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Blue Chip Juniper

Blue Chip juniper shrub is a popular evergreen ground cover that you can find in city gardens as well as in residential gardens.

This low growing shrub has a large spread, so if you need to cover a large area you really don't need too many plants.
One plant will spread 6 to 8 feet. The lovely silvery blue color remains all year long, and it looks pretty with snow on it too! It grows at a moderate rate and doesn't need a lot of maintenance.

Landscaping With The Blue Chip

The Blue Chip juniper is perfect for colder regions. It does well under frost or snow conditions. It looks great planted in a rock garden or around large boulders. The twisty branches can be trained into different forms if you wish.

This is a wonderfully adaptable plant which is also perfect for the high desert with its hot day temperatures and cold night temperatures. It will grow on thin rocky soil or in sandy gravel.

Use this plant for erosion control on slopes that are hard to access. They also work well along curbs and retaining walls, where they stay attractive all year long.

This plant is resistant to deer, so if they are a bother in your area, this is a great choice. Plant this juniper with purple fountain grass, a smoke tree, trumpet creeper or a desert willow for an attractive contrast. Plant this shrub anywhere you want a carefree garden that you don't need to worry about constant maintenance.

Planting And Care

Plant your Blue Chip junipers in full sun. The soil condition is not too important as long as it isn't too wet. Water regularly until established. Once the plant has set down roots it is very drought tolerant.

It has long trailing branches that can be trained to various shapes, but even in its natural form it is attractive and seldom needs trimming. Don't use chemical fertilizers on junipers as they may be too rich for them and cause damage. Adding a little new compost once a year is sufficient.

Blue Chip Information

  • Scientific Name: Juniperus horizontalis 'Blue Chip'

  • Best Soil: Well drained soil, though this plant is very forgiving in all instances except overly wet soils

  • Light Needs: Full sun

  • Growth Rate: Moderate

  • Foliage: Evergreen; silvery blue

  • Mature Size and Shape: Grows to 1 foot tall and spreads to 6 - 8 feet in a spreading habit

  • Pruning: Very seldom needed

  • Watering: Widely adaptable and drought tolerant

  • Hardiness Zone: 3 - 9

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