The Juniperus Chinensis ‘Hetzii Glauca’ (Hetz Blue Juniper) Full Care Guide

The Hetz Blue Juniper, otherwise known as the Juniperus Chinensis ‘Hetzii Glauca’ is a pretty well known shrub plant by gardening enthusiasts around the world.

Best known for its low maintenance and moderate growth, this shrub will likely liven up your house (or garden) with its blue-green colored leaves. But, only if you learn how to take proper care of it for it to thrive.

Fortunately, taking care of your Hetz Blue Juniper is not too difficult – as long as you follow our guidelines in this Hetz Blue Juniper Care Guide. Now let’s get started.

The fundamental caring guidelines for every Hetz Blue Juniper can be summed up into the following:

  • Water: The Hetz Blue Juniper needs at least weekly watering, or more in extreme heat, preferably with regular water.
  • Light: Keep your Juniperus Chinensis ‘Hetzii Glauca’ in an environment where it can receive full sun on a daily basis. 
  • Soil: Make sure to keep the Hetz Blue Juniper in soil with well-draining properties, so ideally, one that is made of clay, loam, chalk, and sand.

That’s it – sunlight, water and soil! The basic 3 fundamentals for all plant care, and with the Hetz Blue Juniper this is no exception. With these three elements, your leafy friend will live healthy and happy.

Juniperus chinensis 'Hetzii Glauca' care

Scientific / Botanical Aspects

In botanical terms, the Hetz Blue Juniper belongs to the Cupressaceae family, the genus Juniperus and the species Sabina, hence its scientific (or botanical) name Juniperus Chinensis ‘Hetzii Glauca’ (ju-NIP-er-us chi-NEN-sis).

Other common Cupressaceae species include Blue Chip Juniper, Blue Rug Juniper, Japanese Cypress ‘Golden Mop’, Flaky Juniper ‘Blue Star’, Chamaecyparis Obtusa ‘Filicoides’, Western Red Cedar ‘Fluffy’, Golden Charm Thread-Branch Cypress, Chamaecyparis ‘Nana Gracilis’, Juniperus Virginiana ‘Grey Owl’, Jet Trail Flowering Quince, Juniperus x media ‘Hetzii’, President Grévy French Lilac, Juniperus Sabina, Juniperus Procumbens ‘Nana’, Northern White Cedar ‘Danica’ and Cupressus Sempervirens.

As with other Juniperus’s, the Hetz Blue Juniper is an evergreen plant, which means it will be present year round in your garden.

Growing Region

You might be wondering why your Hetz Blue Juniper’s native region is important. Well, if you know where your plant originally came from, you’ll know which environment conditions it prefers, and with it, knowledge on how to replicate it at home.

With this in mind, the Juniperus Chinensis ‘Hetzii Glauca’ will be most used to the heat zones in the 1 – 7 region, as the plant hardiness level falls between 3a, 3b, 4b, 4a, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a and the ideal climate zone is between 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3.

Growth and Size


In terms of size and growth, the Hetz Blue Juniper is a relatively moderate grower, which makes things somewhat easy for any plant enthusiast.


But, what size of Hetz Blue Juniper are we talking about? What can you expect in terms of height, spread and spacing? Let’s dig in…

The Juniperus Chinensis ‘Hetzii Glauca’ can grow up to 4′ – 6′ (120cm – 180cm) in 4′ – 6′ (120cm – 180cm) and 5′ – 10′ (150cm – 3m) in 5′ – 10′ (150cm – 3m). 

These dimensions make the Hetz Blue Juniper a relatively large shrub compared to others, so it’s best to keep this fact in mind since it will affect where you want to keep yours at home.

This is why experts recommend keeping an area of approximately 120″ (300cm) free so the Hetz Blue Juniper can spread to its best extent.


In terms of watering, the Hetz Blue Juniper is a fairly simple plant to take care of.

This is mostly because it has a straightforward watering schedule and somewhat regular watering needs.

Specifically, most experts agree that the Juniperus Chinensis ‘Hetzii Glauca’ needs at least weekly watering, or more in extreme heat, preferably with regular water.

Which is why it is considered a plant with relatively low to average needs in terms of water. 

Juniperus chinensis 'Hetzii Glauca' branchy


As a rule of thumb, you should remember to keep your Hetz Blue Juniper in soil with well-draining characteristics, as these will guarantee the right conditions for your plant to grow and thrive. 

When you consider this, this is why you should aim to choose soil that has good drainage properties to keep the right moisture levels at all times. 

But, if you want a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution to watering your Hetz Blue Juniper then you should consider the famous ‘finger’ test. To perform this test, you just need to put your finger in your plant’s soil and determine if it’s moist or not. If it is, then don’t water; if it isn’t, then please do. In any case, this test will allow you to know if your Hetz Blue Juniper needs or does not need water, every time.

Soil Mix

As mentioned earlier, the Hetz Blue Juniper prefers to have soil with good drainage properties at all times, reason why you need to make the soil mix out of clay, loam, chalk, and sand.

In addition to this, expert gardeners recommend having preferably alkaline, acid or neutral soil.

Light and Exposure

In terms of light & exposure, the Hetz Blue Juniper requires full sun in order for it to thrive under the right conditions. 

Most experts agree that this shrub will do well as long as you keep it in full sun, and it will be able to grow properly.

Specifically, we recommend that you place your Juniperus Chinensis ‘Hetzii Glauca’ in little to partial shade (only 2-6 hours of direct sunlight a day), to full and direct sun (more 6 hours of direct sunlight per day).


Being an evergreen plant, the Hetz Blue Juniper will be present year round in your garden.

But, you can expect it to have its ‘prime-time’ during the spring (early, mid, late), the summer (early, mid, late), the fall, and during the winter.


The leaves from the Hetz Blue Juniper have a beautiful blue-green color during most of the year.

Juniperus chinensis 'Hetzii Glauca' fruits

Attracts, Tolerance and Resistance

The Hetz Blue Juniper is well known for its tolerance to rocky soil, dry soil, drought and animals like deer, so don’t worry if any of these come along, your Juniperus Chinensis ‘Hetzii Glauca’ will be fine.


Now, let’s talk garden and how your Hetz Blue Juniper will look best in it.

Most Juniperus Chinensis ‘Hetzii Glauca’ owners agree that this shrub will look great in most mediterranean, asian/zen contemporary, and rustic gardens of all types. 

Other owners consider that they complement well most gardens of informal and cottage, city and courtyard, coastal garden, and in traditional garden styles. 

In particular, the Hetz Blue Juniper’s best location within your garden is in ground covers, banks and slopes, beds and borders, and in hedges and screens, others use it for landscaping in a privacy screen, urban garden, border, mass planting, topiary, specimen, erosion control, coastal exposure, or a windbreak.

Companion Plants

Hetz Blue Juniper’s do well with some other plants beside it. One good companion plant is the Rosa, which will pair up nicely with your leafy friend.

Others consider that a nice Nepeta will work well too, so choose whichever you find works best for you!


So that’s it! These are the main plant care requirements that you need to keep in mind in order to have a healthy Hetz Blue Juniper in your garden or home.

Sebastian Moncada

I’m also a plant enthusiast and researcher. I’ve been privileged to have lived my whole life around the wilderness of Colombia and I’m happy to share everything I learn along the way. “Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience” – Emerson.

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