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Blue Pacific Shore Juniper

Blue Pacific Shore Juniper is a low growing groundcover with a prostrate growing habit. This dense evergreen shrub is aromatic and offers beautiful blue green foliage. It fares well in drought conditions and hot weather.

It also suffers very little damage in cold winters. This is a beautiful, slow growing, low maintenance plant. It grows about a foot tall and spreads several feet over time. The plant has a soft, feathery appearance from a distance. The needles are soft but have a sharp tip.

Originally from Japan, this species is related to Temple Juniper. The berries make a nice source of food for wild birds and other animals.

How To Use The Blue Pacific In Your Landscape

Blue Pacific Shore Juniper is a perfect groundcover for any sunny area. It works well to control erosion on slopes and is a wonderful choice for mass plantings.

Use them in rock gardens or planter boxes. Plant with other common rock garden plants like cranesbill, meadow sage, thrift, barberry, rock rose, fountain grass and stonecrop.

All of these plants afford a nice contrast to the dense juniper. They make a nice low cover beneath tall shrubs and you can plant it so it cascades beautifully down a retaining wall. It also works well on dunes and other sandy locations.

It also looks nice with other juniper species where you can enjoy the contrast in their colors and textures. Since it tolerates heat well, it works well near walkways or driveways where the heat would be reflected off the cement surface.

Planting And Care

Blue Pacific Shore Juniper is low maintenance. It tolerates a wide variety of soils, even clay as long as drainage is provided. They do best in full sun, although this variety handles partial shade better than other junipers.

The heat doesn't bother it, and once it is established drought doesn't hurt it either. It does not like wet soil. Deer steer clear of this plant. This one does well along coastal areas and resists salt damage. This shrub may even do all right around black walnut trees.

Juniper Information

  • Scientific Name: Juniperus conferta 'Blue Pacific'

  • Best Soil: Well drained soil is best; tolerates many different types of dry and sandy soils as long as they drain well

  • Light Needs: Full sun

  • Growth Rate: Slow

  • Foliage: Evergreen; blue green coloring

  • Mature Size and Shape: Grows 1 foot tall and 6 or 7 feet wide in a prostrate form

  • Pruning: Seldom needed

  • Watering: Water regularly at first; drought tolerant once established

  • Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9

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