Georgia Gardener Newsletter Cool Plant: December 28, 2006

Blue Arrow Juniper
Juniperus virginiana 'Blue Arrow'

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Species Native Range: Eastern United States
Hardiness: USDA Zones 4-9
Mature Size: 12-15 feet tall and 2 feet wide
Exposure: Full Sun
Soil: Average, well-drained garden soil
Ease of Culture: Easy

Blue Arrow describes this cultivar of Eastern Redcedar exceptionally well with its gray-blue foliage and very tight upright and narrow habit (referred to as fastigiate). Unlike some other gray/blue conifers, Blue Arrow Juniper tolerates heat and drought very well.

Grow BAJ in full sun. It tolerates a wide range of soil conditions, but performs best in soil that is high in organic matter and well-drained. Water once a week until it's established (6-12 months). After it becomes established it should need no supplemental water. Fertilize in early spring. BAJ shouldn't require any pruning to maintain its narrow habit, but it can be pruned to a shorter height.

Use BAJ in the garden where some height may be required, especially in narrow locations such as flanking the garage, front door or on the corners of the house. It can also be used to flank entrances by gates and arbors. They can be massed together to create a garden room or backdrop for other sun-loving plants. BAJ would fit well into a formal English garden as well as a rose or herb garden. BAJ is a good substitute for Italian Cypress which can suffer cold injury in the northern parts of the state.

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Although I have seen or purchased this plant from the nurseries below, I cannot guarantee that they will have it in stock at the time this newsletter is published.

Home Depot/Home Depot Landscape Supply: multiple locations
Pike Family Nurseries: multiple locations
Woody's Nursery, Duluth: 770-476-1705

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