Juniperus horizontalis 'Blue Chip'
10 to 12 in.
6 to 8 ft.
species is native to North America
USDA zones 3-9
hardy to 7,000 ft.
Blue chip juniper is a low-growing evergreen shrub, making it very suitable as a groundcover. The scales are a steel-blue color in the summer. In winter, they take on a purplish tinge.
Blue chip juniper is valued for its adaptability to sandy and rocky soils as well as hot, dry locations. Because of these qualities, it is often used as a groundcover or to retain slopes.
It can be wonderful addition to home landscapes in the Colorado Springs area.
The blue chip junipers at the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden are healthy and beautiful specimens. Individual branches sometimes die back due to vole damage, but they are easily pruned out in spring.
Blue chip junipers require little water or maintenance after establishment. Watering once per month during the winter will help to prevent spider mites, which are an occasional problem.
Plant blue chip juniper in an area where they are able to spread without covering pathways or sidewalks.