Juniperus squamata

Juniperus squamata - blue star or flaky juniper

Blue star juniper is native to the Himalayas and north-west China’s mountains at elevations between 1600-4800m. Its habit is variable, like most other junipers: it can grow as a small tree or as a prostrate creeper, but most commonly is an erect shrub.

The blue star’s branch tips droop attractively. The bluish needle leaves – varying in shade from blue-green to strongly bluish - are in groups of three, broad and curved, with sharp tips. In colder months they take on shades of brown and bronze.