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Juniper, Grey Owl

Juniperus virginiana 'Grey Owl'

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Juniper, Grey Owl (Juniperus virginiana 'Grey Owl') at Colonial Gardens

Juniper, Grey Owl

Juniper, Grey Owl

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Juniper, Grey Owl (Juniperus virginiana 'Grey Owl') at Colonial Gardens

Juniper, Grey Owl fruit

Juniper, Grey Owl fruit

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Height:  3 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3b

Description:

An excellent massing or groundcover evergreen shrub, with dusty bluish-green fine-textured foliage, showy blue berries and a spreading, arching habit of growth, very adaptable but needs full sun

Ornamental Features

Juniper, Grey Owl has attractive gray foliage. The scale-like leaves are highly ornamental and remain gray throughout the winter. It produces silvery blue berries from late spring to late winter. The flowers are not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Juniper, Grey Owl is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a shapely form and gracefully arching branches. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Juniper, Grey Owl is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Juniper, Grey Owl will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species.

 
 
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Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Groundcover 
Applications
Fruit  Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features