Juniperus squamata 'Holger' / Holger's scaly juniper

Juniperus squamata 'Holger' is a moderate-to-large, spreading selection of Scaly juniper that retains a flat top of 3 to 5 feet (1 - 1.5 m) tall and grows as wide. Fresh new growth in spring is sulfur-yellow, gradually turning silver Blue. With moderate care its first year in the ground, it will establish a good root system that will nourish a care-free specimen plant that can withstand drought and wind. It is striking in winter when its strong branches can support a considerable snow load.

Juniperus squamata 'Holger' is believed to be a hybrid of Juniperus squamata and Juniperus × pfitzeriana 'Pfitzeriana Aurea'. The cultivar originated as a seedling selected in 1946 by Holger Jensen of Ramloesa Nursery, Helsingborg, Sweden.

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Juniperus squamata 'Holger' in Brunswick, ME, December 2013.
Photo by Sean Callahan

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