Blue Point Juniper
(Juniperus chinensis 'Blue Point')


Plant Description:

The Blue Point Juniper has dense, blue-green foliage making it a nice specimen tree for landscapes.  Its pyramidal form and blue coloring will make a statement and contrast nicely with surrounding plants.    Just be sure to give this tree some room as it prefers not to be crowded at the base.

Mature Size:              12 feet tall; 8 feet wide

Growth Rate:             Moderate

Plant Habit:                  Pyramidal

Plant Spacing:           Minimum 8 feet


Ornamental Characteristics & Uses:

Foliage Color:            Blue-Green

Flower Color:            N/A

Attracts Wildlife:      May provide shelter  for birds in winter.

Uses:  Used as a focal point in the yard or in a line to serve as a windbreak.


Growing Requirements:

Cold Hardiness Zone(s):  4-9

Exposure:  Full Sun to Partial Shade

Water Needs:  Low to Moderate 

Soil Tolerances: Drought Tolerant; Does best on sandy soils

Soil pH:  Acid to Alkaline

Maintenance:  Low


General Care & Growing Tips:

Water regularly during establishment, but avoid wetting the foliage.  Like most plants, a 2- to 3-inch layer of organic mulch is beneficial to retain soil moisture.  Junipers require well-drained soils and look best in full sun, although light shade can be beneficial in hot, dry sites.  Heavily shaded trees tend to have sparse foliage.  Apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer 4 to 6 weeks after planting.  Established trees do not need to be fertilized to maintain plant health.


Common Pests:

Watch for spider mites and bagworms.  Diseases of juniper include root rot (a common problem with poor drainage), twig blight, and cedar-apple rust.

 

References:  Ingram, D. and Barrick, W.  (1990).  Junipers in Florida.  ENH34.  University of Florida. 

 

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