Juniper - Blue Chip / Size 1
Blue Chip Juniper / Juniperus

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*Average Plant Shipping Size: 3" - 4" tall / 4" - 6" wide -- Quart size rootball

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Our Price: $6.25

Product Code: JUNCHP1

Juniperus horizontalis 'Blue Chip'

Overall Description

Blue Chip Juniper was reportedly first developed & grown at Jensen Nursery in Denmark back in the 1940's, and was selected for its very low growing, prostrate habit in combination with some of the absolute bluest foliage of all the J. horizontalis groundcover varieties. Beautiful blue feathery foliage displays excellent color throughout the warmer times of year, showing purplish colored tips during the winter. Very striking groundcover plant.

This particular juniper variety is probably best suited for use in more northern zones & climates with colder winters - does not perform quite as well in the heat of the deep south & southeastern coastal regions. Typical spacing for most solid groundcover applications will be between 2 - 3 ft apart, but exact distance will vary depending upon exact planting location, sun exposure, area of the country, etc.

Plant Facts & Specifications

--Mature Height:
6 - 10 inches

--Mature Width:
6 - 9 ft

--Growth Rate:
Moderate ( 4" - 8" avg per yr )

--Hardiness Zones:
4 - 9 ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone finder below )

--Sun Exposure:
Full sun to partial shade. Growth rate will be slightly slower in shadier spots.

--Soil Preference:
Average to slightly acidic & sandy - well drained. Mulching recommended.

--Foliage Color & Texture:
Brilliant silver / blue foliage has a light, feathery texture and takes on a very attractive purplish coloration on its tips throughout the winter months. The purplish coloration quickly fades back to the silver / blue with the onset of spring.

--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts:
Very old, mature specimens have been known to produce a few juniper berries here & there........but nothing to really take note of.

--Diseases / Insects:
Rather trouble free juniper - however Phomopsis has been observed on specimens that have been kept in very wet conditions, or in soil with inadequate drainage.

--Recommended Spacing:
2 1/2 - 3 ft apart recommended for most typical groundcover plantings

--Deer Resistance Rating:
Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance

--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.

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