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Spartan Juniper Trees for Sale Online
The Spartan Juniper (Juniperus 'Spartan') is a very hardy, fast-growing upright juniper with a pyramidal, columnar growth habit. It can withstand drought, high wind, road salt, and the summer heat better than most other upright junipers. Junipers are 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.
When considering Spartan juniper make sure your planting location will receive at least 6 to 8 hours of full sun per day. As with any juniper, Spartan should be planted in slightly moist, acidic, and well-drained soil. During planting and the initial establishment, they should be watered regularly. Blue points have a very fibrous root system and therefore need additional water during establishment.
Due to its broad pyramid shape juniper Spartan 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.
Spartans will reach an ultimate height of 15 to 20 feet tall and up to 6 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 a low-maintenance compact windbreak when the towering height of arborvitae or Leyland cypress would be out of scale for your smaller property.
|15 to 20 Feet
|4 to 6 Feet
|Evergreen shrub / small tree
|Full sun to part shade
|Prune in late winter before new growth or after new growth hardens off in summer
|Any well drained slightly acidic soil
|Water well until established
How to Care for Spartan Juniper
Before you buy a Spartan Juniper Tree, make sure to read about the recommended care instructions to keep this plant healthy and flourishing.
How do I plant a Spartan Juniper Tree?
We suggest when planting your newly purchased Spartan Juniper Trees that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots of Spartan 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.
How often do I water a Spartan Juniper Tree?
After backfilling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost give Spartan Juniper Trees 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. Check the plant daily for the first week or so and then every other day thereafter. 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 do I fertilize Spartan Junipers?
Upright junipers such as Spartan Juniper Trees 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 Spartan Juniper Trees again in late summer to mid-fall.
What type of mulch do I use for a Juniper Tree?
We highly recommend that you mulch your Spartan Juniper Trees 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. We recommend leaving a one-inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or trunk of the plant.