Juniperus horizontalis 'Blue Chip' / Blue Chip creeping juniper

Juniperus horizontalis 'Blue Chip' is a low, mounding, spreading, ground-covering selection of creeping juniper with striking silvery blue foliage. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 12 inches (30 cm) high with a horizontal spread of 1.5 to 4.5 feet (0.5 - 1.5 m).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the early 1990s by A.M. Jensen, Orting, Denmark; and introduced to the nursery trade by Thomsen's Planteskole under the name 'Blue Moon.' D. Hill Nursery of Union, Illinois is credited with the U.S. introduction. They renamed it, 'Blue Chip' to keep from customers confusing this spreading selection with the large, upright-growing, Juniperus scopulorum 'Blue Moon.'

Juniperus horizontalis 'Blue Chip' Photographed by David Stegmaier in his Kansas garden, USA during October of 2006.
Photo by David Stegmaier

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