Juniperus squamata 'Floreant' / Floreant flaky juniper

Juniperus squamata 'Floreant' is a flattened globose selection of flaky juniper with dense branching and prickly blue foliage flecked with yellow-white variegation. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 14 inches (35 cm) tall and 26 inches (65 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of around 2 inches (5 cm), more outward than up.

Proper siting is critical for this conifer, as exposure to hot afternoon sun will most certainly burn the variegation, which will leave it quite unattractive by late summer. Morning sun will keep the plant from opening up, becoming leggy; and will help to ward off fungal problems.

This cultivar originated as a variegated sport found on a specimen of Juniperus squamata 'Blue Star' selected in the early 1990s by W. v. Nierop at the Drayer nursery, Heemstede, The Netherlands, naming it for a Boskoop soccer club. In 1993 Mr. v. Nierop introduced the first plants to the European nursery trade.

Juniperus squamata 'Floreant' — an attractive, fairly young specimen in a private garden in Petaluma, California.
Photo by Janice LeCocq
Juniperus squamata 'Floreant' — a closeup of foliage detail.