Juniperus horizontalis 'Blue Pygmy' / Blue Pygmy creeping juniper

Juniperus horizontalis 'Blue Pygmy' is a diminutive, flattened globose selection of creeping juniper with dense, layered, slowly spreading branching and prickly silver-Blue foliage. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 5 inches (12 cm) tall and 10 inches (25 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of less than 1 inch (2.5 cm).

This conifer performs best when grown in full sun and well-drained soil with adequate irrigation. As one of the dwarfest known selections of this species, 'Blue Pygmy' is a "must" for the eclectic rockery or miniature conifer collection.

This cultivar originated as seedling selection around 1990 by Nils Neumann at zu Jeddeloh Nursery, Oldenburg, Germany.

Juniperus horizontalis at the Flora Wonder arboretum, Gaston, Oregon. Take note of the slight reversion taking place along the plant's right flank. These will dominate the plant if not removed.
Photo by David Olszyk