Burly Blue Juniper
Burly Blue Juniper
Juniperus scopulorum 'MonOliver' Plant Patent Applied ForItem #5228 USDA Hardiness Zone: 3 - 8
Outstanding, cold hardy, evergreen shrub with blue-grey foliage on a low mounded, spreading form. With more refined foliage color and denser habit than Blue Creeper juniper, it is ideal at the foreground of shrub borders, as a specimen accent, or as a rugged, large scale groundcover.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 2 ft. tall, spreading 6 to 8 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:ju-NIP-er-us skop-u-LO-rumDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:SpreadingGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 2 ft. tall, spreading 6 to 8 ft. wide.Blooms:Conifer; prized for foliage.Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.Companion PlantsBarberry (Berberis); Rose (Rosa); Clematis (Clematis); Catmint (Nepeta); Maiden Grass (Miscanthus)
- CareCare InformationEasy to grow and highly adaptable; thrives in slightly dry, sandy soils with good drainage. Avoid constantly wet soils. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. As a groundcover, space plants 5 ft. apart, or closer for faster coverage. Control weeds with mulch until the plants fill in.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- History & LoreHistory:The species, J. scopulorum is a North American native tree that grows to 35 feet and was introduced in 1839 by Charles Sprague Sargent, director of Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University. Its range extends from the Rocky Mountains and into the far western high country. Like all junipers, J. scopulorum is quite diverse with many forms within the species, from upright, tree-like shapes to shrubby and lower growing forms. This new cultivar is an excellent replacement for Blue Creeper Juniper.Lore:Juniper berries are the flavoring agent of gin. It's oil was once highly valued as a medicinal and used in many compounds. It was used to line pits where Native Americans stored food for winter because its oils prove a natural insect repellant. Linnaeus first classified genus Juniperus in 1767, which contains over 60 different species from around the world. but only in the northern hemisphere.