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: 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.