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Juniperus chinensis ‘Blue Point’ (Chinese Juniper)

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Juniperus chinensis ‘Blue Point’ (Chinese Juniper) is an excellent choice for gardeners seeking an attractive, low-maintenance conifer with year-round visual appeal. Its striking foliage color and formal growth habit make it a standout addition to many landscape designs.

Juniperus chinensis ‘Blue Point’: An In-depth Look

Juniperus chinensis ‘Blue Point’ is a highly ornamental juniper, valued for its dense, conical shape, and striking blue-green foliage. It’s a popular choice for formal landscaping due to its symmetrical form and vibrant color.
Native: The species Juniperus chinensis, commonly known as Chinese Juniper, is native to China, Myanmar, Japan, Korea, and the Russian Far East.

Plant Type and Habit: ‘Blue Point’ is an evergreen conifer with a pyramidal to columnar growth habit. It’s known for maintaining its shape naturally, with minimal pruning required.

Size: This cultivar typically grows to about 10-12 feet in height (3 to 3.6 meters) and 6-8 feet in spread (1.8 to 2.4 meters), making it suitable for medium-sized garden spaces.

Cones: Junipers are dioecious with separate male and female plants. Male plants produce small pollen cones, while pollinated female plants produce small, blue-black berry-like cones, adding winter interest.

Foliage: The foliage of ‘Blue Point’ is needle-like with a striking blue-green color, which remains vibrant throughout the year.

Bark: The bark is grayish-brown, becoming more furrowed and textured with age.

Uses: Ideal for use as a specimen plant, in hedges, privacy screens, or as a foundation plant. Its formal appearance makes it suitable for both traditional and contemporary landscapes.

Hardiness: It is hardy in USDA zones 4-9, adaptable to a range of environmental conditions.

Wildlife: Provides limited attraction for wildlife, though birds may feed on the cones.

Toxicity: Junipers are generally not toxic, but the cones can cause mild stomach upset if ingested in large quantities.

Deer and Rabbit: Relatively resistant to deer and rabbits, which makes it suitable for areas where these animals are a concern.

Drought: Once established, it has a good tolerance for drought conditions, making it a good choice for water-efficient landscapes.

Salt: Exhibits moderate salt tolerance, making it suitable for planting in coastal areas or landscapes where saline soil or salt spray may be present.

Invasiveness: This Juniper is not considered invasive. It grows in a controlled manner, maintaining its narrow form.

Benefits: Provides year-round visual interest with its blue-green foliage and has low maintenance requirements. It’s also adaptable to a variety of soil types and environmental conditions.

Chinese Juniper Growing Tips

Light: Prefers full sun although light shade can be beneficial in hot, dry sites. Can tolerate partial shade, but growth may be less dense.

Soil: Thrives in well-drained soil. Adaptable to a wide range of soil types, including clay, loam, and sandy soils.

Water: Requires moderate watering, especially when young. Established plants are relatively drought-tolerant. Avoid overwatering to prevent root rot.

Fertilizer: Fertilize in early spring with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer. Over-fertilization is unnecessary and can be harmful.

Pruning: Prune to shape in late winter or early spring. Regular heavy pruning is not required due to its natural shape.

Propagation: Propagated through semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer.

Pests and Diseases: Junipers are often prone to twig blight and needle blight. They also act as hosts for cedar-apple rust and similar rust diseases during part of their lifecycle. In wet, poorly drained soils, root rot can be a problem. Bark and main stems may be affected by canker. Additionally, they may occasionally suffer from insect pests like aphids, bagworms, webworms, and scale insects.

Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Climate Zones 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
Plant Type Conifers, Trees
Plant Family Cupressaceae
Genus Juniperus
Common names Juniper, Chinese Juniper
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 10' - 12'
(3m - 3.7m)
Spread 6' - 8'
(180cm - 240cm)
Spacing 72" - 96"
(180cm - 240cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Salt, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Traditional Garden, Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Juniperus chinensis ‘Kallay’s Compact’ (Chinese Juniper)
Juniperus chinensis ‘Holbert’ (Chinese Juniper)
Juniperus chinensis ‘Angelica Blue’ (Chinese Juniper)
Juniperus chinensis ‘Fairview’ (Chinese Juniper)
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Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Climate Zones 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
Plant Type Conifers, Trees
Plant Family Cupressaceae
Genus Juniperus
Common names Juniper, Chinese Juniper
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 10' - 12'
(3m - 3.7m)
Spread 6' - 8'
(180cm - 240cm)
Spacing 72" - 96"
(180cm - 240cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Salt, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Traditional Garden, Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden
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