Juniperus chinensis 'Pfitzeriana glauca compacta'
very hardy juniper that is capable of withstanding a variety of harsh
conditions, such as dry and windy. Good blue color, especially in older
plants turning a shade of bluish/purple in the winter. Has ascending,
arching branches. Can be used for foundation plantings, or grouped together to form a border / hedge planting as well. Can be trimmed in order to maintain them within a certain height or width if desired.
Plant Facts & Specifications
--Mature Height: 4 - 5 ft
--Mature Width: 5 - 8 ft
--Growth rate: Moderate to fast ( 8" - 14" avg per yr )
--Hardiness Zones: 4 - 9 ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone finder below )
--Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade - adapts to a wide range of conditions. Growth rate will be slightly slower in shadier spots.
--Soil Preference: Average soil to slightly acidic & sandy - needs to have adequate drainage in order to thrive.
--Foliage Color & Texture: Very
typical juniper foliage with excellent light silver blue color with a
hint of green. Coloration takes on a very nice, slightly darker blue /
grey / purplish color during the winter months. Especially in colder
climates. Winter coloration display is temporary, and dissipates with
the onset of warmer temps in the spring.
--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts: None to mention. Blue Pfitzer is a male clone - no cones are expected on this variety.
--Diseases / Insects: Relatively trouble free variety of juniper, however Phomopsis and Kabatina blights have been observed on specimens if kept in extremely wet conditions. These blights have been known to kill young new shoots in early spring in wet weather.
--Fertilization / Feeding: For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.