Blue Point Juniper
Juniperus chinensis 'Blue Point'
|1.5 TO 2 FEET TALL||$27.95|
|2-3 FEET TALL||$39.95|
|3-4 FEET TALL||$59.95|
|4 to 5 Feet||$79.95|
|Espoma Bio-Tone Plus Starter Plus||$14.95|
|Treegator Jr. Slow Release Watering Bag||$25.95|
|Mature Height:||10 to 12 feet|
|Mature width:||4 to 6 feet|
|Classification:||Evergreen shrub / small tree|
|Sunlight:||Full Sun to Part Sun|
|Pruning Season:||Prune in late winter before new growth or after new growth hardens off in summer.|
|Soil Condition:||Any well drained slightly acidic soil|
|Water Require:||Water well until established.|
Blue Point Juniper for Sale Online
The Blue Point Juniper is a densely branched evergreen Juniper with a naturally pyramidal growing growth habit. The Blue-green foliage of the Blue Point Juniper stays consistent year round and requires little to no maintenance once established. This selection is drought tolerant, deer resistant, adaptable to many soil types, and very easy to grow. Makes an excellent low to mid-height privacy screen.
Highlights of the Blue Point Juniper:
- Has a nice bluish-green color to compliment any green shrubbery.
- Easy-care specimen or privacy screen tree.
- Deer resistant and can tolerate extreme temperatures.
- Great for entrance ways or a mixed border.
- Salt tolerant, perfect for use where road salt/spray can be a problem.
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Growing Blue Point Juniper Evergreen Trees
Blue Point Juniper is a very hardy, fast growing upright juniper with a very pyramidal, columnar growth habit. It can withstand drought, high wind, and the summer heat better than most other upright junipers. Juniperus Chinensis blue point is a good choice for privacy borders, windscreens, as well as accent and group plantings. It retains its excellent blue-green foliage color through the winter and is deer resistant.
Bluepoint juniper has a natural pyramid form that requires no pruning to maintain.
Soil Conditions & Light Exposure for Blue Point Junipers
As with any juniper, blue points should be planted in the full sun in slightly moist, well-drained soil. junipers prefer slightly acidic soil so the addition of a soil acidifier such as espoma soil acidifier should be added at planting. During planting and the initial establishment, they should be watered regularly. Blue points have a very fibrous root system and therefore need the additional water during establishment.
When considering blue point juniper make sure your planting location will receive at least 6 to 8 hours of full sun per day. the soil should be well drained. juniper blue point will thrive in even the driest of spots provided it gets the required amount of sun.
Uses for Blue Point Junipers
Due to its broad pyramid shape juniper blue point is the perfect evergreen shrub to be used as a meticulously clipped topiary. They can be trimmed into just about any shape including spirals. If you are trying to create a stately lawn these are a perfect addition.
Blue points will reach an ultimate height of 12 feet tall and up to 8 feet wide. These plants are an excellent choice for planting in pots to frame the front entrance to your home or office. They can also be used as an easy to maintain low windbreak when the towering height of arborvitae or Leyland cypress would be out of scale for your smaller property.
With the blue coloring of the foliage, they make a welcome addition as foundation plantings or specimen plantings as in the winter when there is little else showing color. Alternately the blue coloring can be used as a cooling shade in the heat of summer.
These plants will require very little pruning unless you intend to train it to be a topiary. When pruning junipers we recommend doing so in the spring when the temperature is cooler. Pruning in the summer heat can cause unsightly browning of the tips.
Fertilizing Blue Point Juniper Trees
If you are looking for a fertilizing routine tailored to your specific conditions, a soil sample should be taken and the fertilizer and trace elements matched to the needs of your soil. Don't fertilize Blue Point Juniper after August. Fall is the time for junipers to begin preparing for dormancy. Fertilizing at this time may stimulate new growth that will be too tender to withstand the winter. In the South, a late May application and another in July would be about right. More northern areas may wish to fertilize only once in June or July with fast release fertilizer.
The amount of chemical fertilizer used per plant will vary with the size of the plant and it's root system. (Use less fertilizer for junipers in a container.) Over-fertilization can be much more detrimental than under-fertilization. "Fertilizer burn" can occur when too much fertilizer is applied, resulting in a drying out of the roots and damage or even death of the Blue Point Juniper.It is much, much better to err on the side of too little fertilizer than too much. When roots are burned, the first sign is often scorched looking needles. If over-fertilization is severe, the plant may just turn brown and die.
Fertilizing Small Ground Planted Blue Point Junipers
If you are a beginner at growing plants Blue Point Juniper is very easy to grow however it may be helpful to know that a very small plant which is planted in the ground will take about 1/8 - 1/4 cup of fertilizer.
Fertilizing Large Ground Planted Blue Point Junipers
A very large shrub in the ground will take 2 - 3 cups spread around the drip line of the branches (not next to the trunk). This is a very loose estimate, so please read the directions on the fertilizer before applying it.
Fertilizing Blue Point Junipers in Containers
When fertilizing Junipers in pots, be careful to apply a fertilizer that will not burn the roots (such as a slow release or a liquid fertilizer).
Never fertilize a plant with a chemical fertilizer if the plant looks sick or wilted. If a plant is struggling due to a disease or root problems, the fertilizer will only add stress to it's life. Try to cure the problem before adding fertilizer. Lastly, always read the label on your fertilizer bag, and follow the instructions.
For the best results follow these guidelines.
HOW TO PLANT BLUE POINT JUNIPER
We suggest when planting your newly purchased Blue Point Juniper plants that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil you may need to add a locally sourced compost or topsoil to the back-fill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a back-fill soil because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots of Blue Point Juniper to spread through the loose, nutrient rich soil, much easier than if you used solely the existing soil which more times than not will be hard and compacted. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole. Bio-tone starter fertilizer is a great starter fertilizer that provides plants with mycorrhizae fungus. It is a naturally occuring beneficial fungus that colonizes on the new growing roots of plants. It creates a barrier between the roots of the plant and fungus and pathogens that can cause root rot. We love this product and use it on all plants we install in our own gardens. Bio-tone is a gardeners best friend and can help guarantee your success.
HOW TO FERTILIZE BLUE POINT JUNIPER
Upright junipers such as Blue Point Juniper grow best if they are fertilized lightly in the spring once frost has passed with a well-balanced, extended-release, fertilizer such as espoma Tree-tone or Holly tone to provide the extra acid that junipers crave. Fertilize Blue point juniper again in late summer to mid-fall. Either chemical fertilizers or organic matter can be used successfully with Junipers. Since an organic method of applying manure and/or compost around the roots, produces excellent results and also improves the condition of the soil, this would be an excellent first line of attack. Organic additions to the soil can also be combined with a shot of chemical fertilizer for maximum effect. If chemical fertilizers are used on your Blue Point Juniper, applying a slow-release, balanced fertilizer once a year is probably the simplest solution. There are many slow-release fertilizers on the market. If you can find a fertilizer formulated for shrubs and trees, this fertilizer would work well on Junipers. However, slow-release is certainly not the only way to fertilizer Junipers such as Blue Point Juniper. A less expensive fast release fertilizer such as a 10-10-10 will work just as well if applied twice during the early spring and early summer.
HOW TO WATER BLUE POINT JUNIPERS
After back filling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost give the Blue Point Juniper a good deep watering. This is not to be rushed. Most of the water you put on the plant at first will run away from the plant until the soil is soaked. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon of pot size. For example a one gallon pot would be watered until you count to 5 a three gallon pot would be 15 and so on. Check the plant daily for the first week or so and then every other day there after. Water using the counting method for the first few weeks. Gator bag Jr. can be used to help aid in this process and also provide plants with a good soaking due to the slow release of the water into the root-zone of the plant. Soaker Hoses can also be used to water when planting a long hedge.
HOW TO MULCH BLUE POINT JUNIPERS
We highly recommend that you mulch your Blue Point Juniper with either a ground hardwood mulch or a ground cypress mulch depending on your local availability. Any type of mulch will do but cypress or hardwood mulch will be of a higher quality and provide better nutrition overall as they breakdown. Mulching helps to keep weeds away which will compete with your new investment for water and nutrients. A 2 to 3 inch layer of mulch is sufficient but remember to take care not to cover any part of the stem of the plant with mulch. Its better to leave a one inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or trunk of the plant.