Blue Point Juniper
(Juniperus chinensis 'Blue Point')
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.
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
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.
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.
Photo by: Alicia Lamborn
- UF/IFAS Sites
- Demonstration Gardens of the University of Florida's Extension Service
- Ornamental Teaching Gardens: Design, Development and Use
- Types of Gardens
- Lawn and Garden Landscape Design
- Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program
- Florida Yards.org