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Blue Point Juniper

Glowing Blue-Green Evergreen for Any Space

Why Blue Point Junipers?
A ready-made evergreen for stately lawns or privacy screens, the Blue Point Juniper boasts glowing blue-green foliage on a broad, pyramidal form. And though it’s a classic evergreen in many ways, with year-round interest and low-maintenance care, it’s made unique by its ability to acclimate to almost any location.
Basically, the Blue Point Juniper is versatile and adaptable. Not only can you plant this densely-branched tree nearly anywhere, as a clipped topiary flanking your entryway or as a backyard border, but you also get its good looks effortlessly, without much care.
Why is Better
Other than its dense foliage that boasts month-to-month benefits, from cutting winter cold to mitigating summer heat, our Blue Point Juniper is special because it’s a proven performer. We’ve chosen the best Blue Point specimen available so that you get results at home.

Grown and shipped with care (and its roots) intact, our Blue Point Juniper is second to none. We’ve put in the extra work so that your Blue Point arrives to your door happy and healthful, ready to grow and grow well. Order your Blue Point Juniper Tree today!

Planting & Care

1. Planting Instructions: Before planting your Blue Point, choose a location with full sun (6 to 8 hours of sun per day) and well-drained soil. The Blue Point is highly adaptable, drought resistant and easy-to-grow in most soil types. It’s even deer and smog resistant. But we do recommend that you allow room for its final width while planting, leaving about 3 feet of clearance from doors, windows and walls.

When it’s time to plant your tree, start by digging a hole that’s at least twice the width of your tree’s root ball. After placing your tree in its hole, back fill the soil, tamp down to ensure air pockets are eliminated, and water to establish the root system.

2. Watering: Water your new Blue Point Juniper Tree regularly and deeply during its first growing season to help establishment – weekly, or more often during extreme heat. Once it has acclimated to your landscape, reduce your frequency of watering. If you’re not sure when to water and how much watering your tree needs, simply check the soil – if it’s dry down to around 2 or 3 inches, it’s time to water.

3. Fertilizing: Feed your Blue Point with a slow-release fertilizer before new growth begins in the spring.

4. Pruning: The Blue Point Juniper doesn’t need a lot of manicured care, but if you’d like to shape your tree as a topiary, prune it annually. Simply avoid pruning during the hottest and coldest months to avoid strain on the tree.

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Juniper Trees are possibly one of the easiest privacy trees to grow. They come in just about every size or shape imaginable. Junipers have developed over the years to have a range of colored foliage.

Junipers come in shades of silver-blue to green. The blue foliage and pyramidal shape of the Blue Point Juniper is an easy to grow and a drought-tolerant tree that can be worked into about any garden.

Most species of Juniper Trees are drought tolerant and deer resistant and can be found throughout the drier regions of the country. The bottom line is they are one of the easiest growing evergreen trees available.

Growing Juniper Trees:

Growing junipers is easy as long as you follow a few simple guidelines. Junipers grow best in full sun in any well-drained soil Junipers develop a fibrous root system and typically develop a columnar shape with dense branches. Some juniper species are fast-growing such as the skyrocket juniper which typically grows to about 20 feet tall.

Juniper Trees grow best in hot, dry climates. Once established, Juniper Trees are very tolerant of drought and can go without water for long periods of time. Junipers are able to adapt to a wide range of growing conditions. Juniper Trees can make excellent privacy screens due to their dense foliage, they can also be used as border plantings, foundation plantings, or mixed into borders to add a sense of permanence which is so desperately needed in the winter months.

Blue Point Junipers also make great topiary plants due to their dense foliage and forgiving nature when it comes to pruning. We offer many different topiary Junipers.

Other species, such as the Hollywood Juniper, are planted for their unique growth habits. Juniper Trees usually grow at a moderate rate of at least a foot per year. They do not develop a large root ball so they can be tucked into smaller corners of the garden.

Choosing the right Juniper Tree:

Choosing the right Juniper Tree is easy. Junipers are tolerant of both cold temperatures and hot sunny areas. They are drought tolerant and some are even tolerant of slightly wet locations. Our offerings of Juniper Trees is always growing.

A few of our customer’s favorites are listed below. If you cant decide which one is best for you, send us an email at [email protected] and one of our team members will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Blue Point Juniper: The Blue Point Juniper is a densely branched evergreen with a naturally pyramidal growing growth habit. The Blue-green foliage of the Blue Point stays consistent year-round and requires little to no pruning once established. This selection is drought tolerant, deer resistant, adaptable to many soil types, and very easy to grow. Makes an excellent low to mid-height privacy screen.

Eastern Red Cedar: The native Eastern Red Cedar or Juniperus virginiana is a large, dense native evergreen tree that is generally seen throughout the eastern United States. Its foliage is dark blue to green and turns bronze in the winter.

Eastern Red Cedar has a high salt tolerance and can handle just about any soil type so they are safe to be planted by a road where salt may be used in the winter. They can be used as a native privacy screen and are an essential plant to any Native garden or landscape in the Northeast.

We are constantly testing different varieties in our trial gardens which means we are always able to help you with selecting the best juniper for your garden.

Hollywood Juniper: The rustic, twisted form of Hollywood Juniper makes it an interesting specimen or accent plant. Hollywood Juniper does particularly well in coastal environments because of its high tolerance to salt spray. It is also a good choice for privacy screens and windbreaks.

Moonglow Juniper: Moonglow Juniper is a slow-growing evergreen that maintains a slender form while growing to an average height of 12 to 15 feet tall. Due to its compact branching habit, it tends not to be bothered by heavy snow loads. The tight short branches produce deep blue-green foliage that is deer-resistant, and suitable for locations that may experience drought conditions. Moonglow Juniper is sometimes referred to as the Rocky Mountain Juniper.

Skyrocket Juniper: Skyrocket Juniper is a very hardy, fast-growing upright juniper with a very upright columnar growth habit. It can withstand drought & windy conditions better than most upright junipers. Good choice for privacy borders, windbreaks, as well as accent & group plantings. Retains excellent color through the winter.

Topiary Junipers:

Blue Point Juniper Spiral Topiary: Juniper Spiral Topiary is a very hardy, fast-growing upright juniper with a pyramidal, columnar growth habit. This medium-sized Juniper features a growth habit with extremely dense branching and blue-green foliage which makes it perfect as a topiary. It is a moderate grower and an excellent specimen. Prune to maintain spiral shape and size.

Blue Point Juniper Two-Ball Topiary: Blue Point Juniper Two Ball Topiary is a very hardy, fast-growing upright juniper with a very dense growth habit. This medium-sized Juniper features a growth habit with extremely dense branching and blue-green foliage. It is a moderate grower and an excellent specimen. Prune to maintain desired shape and size.

Spartan Juniper Spiral Topiary: The Spartan Juniper Spiral Topiary is a densely branched evergreen Juniper with a naturally pyramidal growing growth habit. It is perfect for use as a topiary. The deep green foliage of the Spartan Juniper stays consistent year-round and requires little to no maintenance once established other than trimming for shape.

Skyrocket Juniper Plants: Learn How To Grow A Skyrocket Juniper Bush

Skyrocket juniper (Juniperus scopulorum ‘Skyrocket’) is a cultivar of a protected species. According to Skyrocket juniper info, the plant’s parent is found wild in the Rocky Mountains of North America in dry, rocky soils. The cultivar is widely available and makes a lovely focal point in the landscape. The vertical, tidy growth is a hallmark of the plant and its aromatic leaves add to its appeal. Learn some tips on how to grow a Skyrocket juniper and enjoy its rocketing growth and elegant foliage.

Skyrocket Juniper Info

If you enjoy evergreen trees, Skyrocket juniper plants may be the right fit for your garden. These cultivars are narrow columnar trees that may approach 15 to 20 feet (5-6 m.) in height with a 3- to 12-foot (1-4 m.) spread. The natural growth pattern is part of the plant’s charm and its ease of care adds to the allure. This slow-growing plant takes up to 50 years to reach maturity, which means it can be used in a large container for many years before it must go in ground.


juniper “Skyrocket” is probably the narrowest juniper variety available. The foliage is bluish green, scale-like and aromatic when crushed. Like most junipers, it develops tiny rounded, bluish gray cones that resemble berries. These can take up to two years to fully mature. Even the bark is attractive. It is reddish brown and has an interesting shredding appearance.

In the landscape, Skyrocket juniper plants make a beautiful informal screen when planted en masse. They are also useful as specimen plants and their non-invasive roots mean they can even be used as foundation plantings. Many gardeners are even growing Skyrocket juniper as part of a mixed container display.

How to Grow a Skyrocket Juniper

In commercial settings, juniper “Skyrocket” is propagated with semi-hardwood cuttings. The plant is tolerant of both full and partial sun locations. Soil may be any pH, clay, sand, loam, or even chalky. The biggest requirement is a well-draining location, but the plant also does poorly in high humidity.

It is suitable for United States Department of Agriculture zones 3 to 8. This is an easily transplanted tree that can grow for years in a container and then be moved to a garden bed. Any new plant will need regular watering, but after establishment, this juniper can tolerate brief periods of drought.

The fruit can be considered a moderate litter nuisance but foliage does not produce much mess. Junipers rarely need pruning. Limit trims to removal of dead or damaged wood. Use gloves, as some people are very sensitive to the plant’s sap and oil.

The major disease to watch for when growing Skyrocket juniper is canker, although juniper blight may also occur. Skyrocket may also serve as a host for cedar-apple rust. Few pests attack junipers, probably due to the highly scented oils. Juniper scale, some caterpillars and occasionally aphids may cause minimal damage.

For the most part, this is a low maintenance, easy-care plant with a host of landscape applications and years of regal beauty in the garden.


Chinese juniper “berries” and foliage.
Karen Russ, ©2008 HGIC, Clemson Extension

Junipers (Juniperus species) are evergreen coniferous plants with fleshy cones and needlelike or scale-like leaves. They are very popular woody plants because there is a form for almost every landscape use.

Mature Height/Spread

Junipers grow from 4 inches to 50 feet tall with a spread from 6 to 20 feet depending on the species.

Landscape Use

Low-growing junipers can be used as groundcovers. More information concerning this group may be obtained from HGIC 1107, Juniper Groundcovers. Taller junipers are excellent for foundation plantings, screens, hedges or windbreaks.


All junipers generally enjoy full sun and good drainage. They will grow in a variety of soils but do not like their roots to be in waterlogged soil. They tolerate adverse conditions and withstand heat and drought much better than most ornamentals.

Container-grown junipers can be planted year-round. Balled and burlapped junipers are best planted in the fall.

Junipers should not be severely pruned. Determine the mature height and width of a juniper species before planting it.


Junipers are subject to a number of pests and diseases. Among the most serious pests are bagworms (foliage is stripped), twig borers (browning and dying branch tips), juniper scale (no new growth and yellowed foliage), and juniper webworm (webbing together and browning of the foliage). Fungal diseases, which may occur on juniper, are Phomopsis tip blight and Phytophthora root rot. Eastern red cedar is susceptible to the cedar-apple rust fungus.

Species & Cultivars

A gold foliaged form of Chinese juniper.
Karen Russ, ©2008 HGIC, Clemson Extension


  • Pfitzer juniper (J. chinensis ‘Pfitzerana’) is probably the most widely planted of all junipers. It is a fast grower and often outgrows its location (5 feet high and 10 feet wide). It has feathery, gray-green, sharp needles and small berries. The sexes are separate.
  • Armstrong juniper (J. chinensis ‘Armstrongii’) is an upright 4 feet by 4 feet shrub, which is more compact than Pfitzer juniper.
  • Gold Coast juniper (J. chinensis ‘Gold Coast’) is a compact 3 feet by 5 feet shrub with soft, lacy, golden yellow foliage.
  • Hetz Chinese juniper (J. chinensis ‘Hetzii’) grows 15 feet tall and wide with blue-gray needles and branches that spread outward and upward at 45-degree angles. This is a fast- grower.

‘Hetzii’Chinese juniper
Karen Russ, ©2008 HGIC, Clemson Extension

  • Hollywood juniper (J. chinensis ‘Kaizuka’) is an irregular, upright shrub, 20 feet high by 10 feet wide, which tolerates salt spray. The branches have a twisted appearance. Give this shrub plenty of room.
  • Mint Julep (J. chinensis ‘Mint Julep’) has mint green foliage and is a vase-shaped shrub, which grows up to 6 feet tall and 6 feet wide.
  • Blue Star juniper or J. squamata ‘Blue Star’ is a 3- by -5 feet, mound-like shrub with silver-blue foliage, which darkens in winter.

Columnar Types:

  • J. chinensis ‘Blue Point’ grows 7 to 8 feet and has dense, blue-green scale and needle foliage.
  • J. chinensis ‘Robusta Green’ is a brilliant green, dense-tufted column up to 20 feet.

‘Robusta Green’, a columnar form of Chinese juniper
Karen Russ, ©2008 HGIC, Clemson Extension

  • J. chinensis ‘Spartan’ grows to 20 feet.
  • J. scopulorum ‘Gray Gleam’ is a slow grower, which reaches 15 to 20 feet in 30 to 40 years and has gray-green foliage.
  • J. scopulorum ‘Pathfinder’ grows to 25 feet and has gray-green foliage.
  • J. scopulorum ‘Skyrocket’ is the narrowest blue-gray spire, up to 15 feet tall and 1 to 2 feet wide.
  • J. scopulorum ‘Wichita Blue’ is a broad, silver-blue pyramid, 18 feet or taller.


  • Ozark white cedar or ashe juniper (J. ashei) grows to 20 feet. The foliage is gray-green, berries are blue, ¼ to ½ inch in diameter, with a waxy bloom on the female plants. These trees like dry, chalky soil, have a shredding gray bark and a trunk that often divides near the base. They are resistant to cedar-apple rust. The pollen of male plants may trigger allergies.
  • Eastern red cedar (J. virginiana)is a native tree, which grows 40 to 50 feet high and 8 to 20 feet wide. The tree has dark green foliage that turns reddish in cold weather. The berries are pale blue-green to dark blue with silvery bloom, and the bark is reddish-brown. The tree tolerates drought and poor soil and the wood and foliage are very aromatic.
  • Southern red cedar (J. silicicola) is very similar to Eastern red cedar, but often more open and wide-spreading. These trees make a good windbreak. Southern red cedar is excellent for coastal region, because of the trees tolerance to salt.

Juniper Trees

Fast, elegant growth without pruning.

If you’re interested in spending more time enjoying your yard and less time caring for it, Juniper Trees are a perfect choice. This forgiving variety will reward you with hassle-free greenery for years to come.
And many Juniper Trees have dense foliage as full and green in the depth of winter as in mid-summer, so it’s perfect for places where you want a little coverage all winter long.

Where Do Juniper Trees Grow?

Juniper Trees grow nearly anywhere across the country. Though it is important to determine your growing zone and select the perfect Juniper for your area, most of our Juniper Trees stand up to the elements effortlessly.

How to Plant Juniper Trees

Specific directions will vary, but knowing your growing zone is important. After you’ve determined your growing zone, keep sunlight and watering needs in mind for Juniper Trees. Most will prefer full sun (anywhere from 6 to 8 hours of sunlight per day) and well-drained soil, but make sure you check your tree’s specific directions.

Your fertilizing and pruning needs will vary as well, but many of our Junipers do not require pruning.

When you’re ready to plant, select an area with well-drained soil, dig a hole large enough to accommodate the tree’s root ball (along with some extra width for mature growth), place your Juniper and back fill the hole. Finish by watering the surrounding soil near your Juniper and mulching to conserve moisture.

When to Plant Juniper Trees

Generally, we recommend planting your Juniper Trees in early spring or in fall. Either season is fine, provided the ground near your Junipers is not frozen.

Also, it’s important to keep spacing in mind. Avoid planting your Junipers too closely to sidewalks, structures and power lines, especially if the mature height and width are larger.

Blue Point Juniper

Juniperus chinensis ‘Blue Point’

  • Pyramidal, columnar growth habit
  • Good for topiary
  • Good choice for privacy screen and windbreak
  • Low maintenance

Blue Point Juniper is an excellent choice for anyone looking to add a fast-growing privacy screen or windbreak! Their densely broad, pyramidal, columnar growth habit also makes them a favorite for stately lawns and we also love to use clipped topiary forms as a formal accent for any driveway entrance! Their botanical name is Juniperus chinensis ‘Blue Point’ and they’re prized for their evergreen blue-green foliage that looks good all year long and contrasts nicely with surrounding plants. If you’re looking for a tree that maintains its natural form well and requires very little pruning, you’ll want to add this Blue Point Juniper to your landscape!

These Junipers love to grow in a spot with full sun to partial shade exposure. Beside their good looks, homeowners and landscapers alike also love their low maintenance and low to moderate watering needs once they’ve been established. For maximum health and hardiness, we recommend feeding them with our Moon Valley fertilizers that are specially designed for treating Houston’s dense soil with the nutrients and vitamins essential for growing a beautiful landscape.

Blue Point Junipers are conifers, so during the winter some people love to decorate with the fresh greenery, in fact, they can also be used as an effective front lawn Christmas tree for winter lighting! Use them for borders, near walls, topiary, these are versatile in any landscape; they can even be effective in erosion control.

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