medium sized spreading juniper with large, ascending branches that droop
ever so slightly - very similar growth habit to Pfitzer type junipers. Foliage color is a brilliant silvery gray. A very
nice landscape plant but seldom seen because of its lack of
availability. Uses include color accents, foundation plantings, and can
even be trimmed / sheared for use as a tough, hardy hedge. Brilliant foliage color year round - even through the winter.
First discovered in 1938 in a batch of Juniperus virginiana 'Glauca' seedlings.
Grey Owl juniper is a female clone, and is known to be very prolific producer of juniper berries & cones. Definitely one of our favorite juniper varieties - worth heavy consideration when looking for an attractive, low maintenance, hardy shrub of medium height.
Plant Facts & Specifications
-- Mature Height: 4 - 5 ft
-- Mature Width: 6 - 8 ft
-- Growth rate: Moderate ( 4" - 8" avg per yr )
-- Hardiness Zones: 3 - 9
-- Sun Exposure: Full sun preferred, but will tolerate some partial shade as well. Best foliage density, growth rate, and color in full sun.
-- Soil Preference: Average
to slightly acidic & sandy - well drained. Will adapt to a fairly
wide range of soil types. Adequate drainage is a must though.
-- Foliage Color & Texture: Soft textured, appressed silvery blue / gray foliage is very attractive year round.
-- Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts: This variety is known to be an extremely good producer of juniper berries. Mature specimens are loaded with dark bluish colored berries on a yearly basis.
-- Diseases / Insects:
Rather trouble free juniper - but as with most all J. virginiana cultivars, both bagworms and cedar apple rust can occasionally occur. Inspect specimens yearly as a precaution.
-- Fertilization / Feeding: Either
water soluble ( Miracle Gro, or equivalent ), or granular ( Holly Tone
is excellent ). Other granular types with 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio is
acceptable. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall -
avoid feeding during hot summer months, and directly after