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Juniperus squamata Hunnetorp

Flaky juniper

Perfect for a dry area

A handsome spreading juniper growing to around 60cm (2ft) in height with a spread of 1.2m (4ft). The branches reach outwards and upwards and the tips are slightly drooping. The dense, needle-like foliage is blue-green, becoming silver-blue in winter. It combines well with more ground hugging varieties and is ideal in areas that are difficult to cultivate where all-year round colour and interest is needed.


Plant in full sun or semi shade at the front of wide beds and borders, on rock banks, to soften the edges of paving or in gravel.


Any well drained soil. Drought tolerant once established and very hardy. Prune stems selectively to control spread. 

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Conifer
Foliage colour
Typically available January - December
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 80 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 150 cm - 200 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 60 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds, City garden, Banks and slopes, Coastal or drought resistant, Rock garden

Typically available

From January to December