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Blue Pacific Shore Juniper

Scientific name: Juniperus conferta 'Blue Pacific'

Type:Groundcovers evergreen
Plant Requirements
Zone:5 to 10
Sun:Full to partial sun
Plant Characteristics
Height:1 ft
Width:8 ft
Additional Characteristics



Wildlife value

Description For a wonderful low maintenance ground cover that spreads well and has has blue-green needles consider Blue Pacific Shore Juniper.

Shore Juniper is a dense, ground hugging evergreen conifer that grows 12” tall but spreads out to 8’ across. The slender stems bear aromatic blue-green awl shaped needles which are one half inch long and are borne in fascicles of three. While the needles are soft to the touch they do have sharp points. Each needle has a single white band growing along its length.

Mature plants bear female cones which are one half inch in diameter and silvery or bluish black with waxy bloom.

Stems are slender and initially green. With time however they turn reddish brown.

This species prefers light, well drained soils and is considered both drought and salt tolerant. It is often planted on the edge of planter boxes or retaining walls where it is allowed to cascade over the edge. This would be a great choice for steep slopes in full sun situations where mowing is nearly impossible

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