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Blue Chip Juniper

Juniperus horizontalis 'Blue Chip'

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Blue Chip Juniper (Juniperus horizontalis 'Blue Chip') at Bachman's Landscaping

Juniperus horizontalis 'Blue Chip'

Juniperus horizontalis 'Blue Chip'

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Blue Chip Juniper (Juniperus horizontalis 'Blue Chip') at Bachman's Landscaping

Juniperus horizontalis 'Blue Chip' foliage

Juniperus horizontalis 'Blue Chip' foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height: 12 inches

Spread: 5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone: 2


A prostrate, compact juniper that maintains an outstanding blue color all season. Also available on a standard for a dwarf tree form.

Ornamental Features:

Blue Chip Juniper has attractive blue foliage. The scale-like leaves are ornamentally significant and turn purple in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes:

Blue Chip 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. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Blue Chip Juniper is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Plant Characteristics:

Blue Chip Juniper will grow to be about 12 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 does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. 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 selection of a native North American species.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing Garden Groundcover
Foliage Color Texture Plant Form Winter Value
Ornamental Features