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.

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


Mabel Peterson

Will you please advise me when I should prune my Holger Juniper.

Maxwell Cohn

you should prune it if it needs to be pruned. No special time on the calendar.