Blue Point Spiral Juniper has attractive bluish-green foliage. The scale-like leaves are highly ornamental and remain bluish-green throughout the winter. It produces powder blue berries from late spring to late winter. The flowers are not ornamentally significant.
Blue Point Spiral Juniper is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.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.Blue Point Spiral Juniper is recommended for the following landscape applications;AccentVertical AccentHedges/ScreeningGeneral Garden Use
Blue Point Spiral Juniper will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.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 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 selected variety of a species not originally from North America.
Something about a juniper shrub (Juniperus spp.) cut into a spiral topiary adds both a formal and whimsical appeal to a garden, whether you display the spiral juniper in containers on your patio or in a garden bed. Hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 through 9, junipers include ground covers, stout shrubs and tall, upright species. Upright, columnar and pyramidal junipers of all sizes can be trained to a spiral shape. Spiral juniper care requires providing the juniper's basic needs and pruning to maintain the spiral shape.
Plant the juniper in well-drained soil in a site that receives full sunlight or about six hours of direct sunlight daily, advises the University of Georgia Extension. Junipers tolerate many soil types but thrive in average soil, so incorporate a few inches of humus materials, such as compost, manure and leaf mold, if you have very poor clay or sandy soil.
Water the juniper about once weekly for the first year after planting; increase watering to twice weekly during periods of drought. After the juniper becomes established, watering is necessary only during periods of drought in the hot summer months.
Apply an all-purpose, water-soluble fertilizer, such as 10-10-10, to the root zone once monthly. Dissolve 1 tablespoon of water-soluble fertilizer in 1 gallon of water and use the monthly fertilizer application in place of that week's regular watering. If you prefer organic fertilizer alternatives, you can mulch with a layer of organic compost, or spread fish emulsion, blood meal or bone meal around the root zone.
Wrap the ribbon around the juniper in a spiral pattern, working from the top to the bottom. Leave about 18 inches between the ribbon in each spiral, advises Alvetro Landscaping. Tie the ribbon to a branch at the bottom of the juniper.
Sterilize pruning tools by wiping down the blades with a household disinfectant such as Lysol, advises the University of Florida IFAS Extension. This will prevent pathogens from spreading in your garden.
Cut the juniper foliage between the spirals of ribbon, using the ribbons as a guide for spacing and shaping the spiral cuts. Use a pair of bypass pruners or lopping shears, and long-handled hedge shears, to cut entire branches back to the trunk, as needed. The width of the cut foliage should be roughly the same thickness as the foliage you leave in place for the spirals.
Cut the spirals back to the main trunk for a more severe topiary. If you want to achieve a gradual spiral, shorten the foliage gradually as you approach the center point between the ribbon strands without cutting back to the trunk.
Prune the topiary spiral shape each year in early summer to maintain the spiral juniper. You might need to make small cuts intermittently throughout the year if a branch becomes overgrown or out of shape.
Our Blue Point Juniper Spiral Topiary Trees are pre-trimmed and grown into an interesting spiral shape. This evergreen adds a whimsical feel to the garden or landscape. the blue-green foliage of this topiary holds up well even during the coldest of winters. Blue points are the easiest of all evergreens to keep trimmed into shapes due to the slow overall growth rate. generally one pruning a year will keep the tree in its spiral form. Prefers full sun and does very well planted in pots at doorways or on porches, decks and patios.
The Blue Point is a densely branched evergreen Juniper with a naturally pyramidal growing growth habit. The Blue-green foliage of Blue Point Juniper Spiral Topiary Trees stays consistent year-round and requires little to no maintenance once established other than pruning once in the late spring.
Blue Point Juniper makes a wonderful accent to any entrance way for landscape. It only needs one pruning per year to maintain the spiral look. The fantastic greenish-blue color really accents well with other colorful plants. This easy to maintain plant is great for container planting or landscaped beds.
**DISCLAIMER** The trees pictured are mature, professionally pruned topiaries. Plants that are shipped are trimmed into a spiral shape and will need to be pruned yearly once established to maintain shape.
We suggest when planting your newly purchased Blue Point Juniper Spiral Topiary Trees that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system, but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil you may need to add a locally sourced compost or topsoil to the back-fill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a back-fill soil because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots of Blue Point Juniper Spiral Topiary Trees to spread through the loose, nutrient rich soil, much easier than if you used solely the existing soil which more times than not will be hard and compacted. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole.
Bio-tone starter fertilizer is a great starter fertilizer that provides Blue Point Juniper Spiral Topiary Trees with mycorrhizae fungus. It is a naturally occurring beneficial fungus that colonizes on the new growing roots of plants. It creates a barrier between the roots of the plant, fungus, and pathogens that can cause root rot. We love this product and use it on all plants we install in our own gardens. Bio-tone is a gardeners best friend and can help guarantee your success
After backfilling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost give the Blue Point Juniper Spiral Topiary Trees a good deep watering. This is not to be rushed. Most of the water you put on the plant at first will run away until the soil is soaked. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon of pot size. For example, a one-gallon pot would be watered until you count to 5, a three-gallon pot would be 15, and so on. Check the plant daily for the first week or so and then every other day thereafter. Water using the counting method for the first few weeks. Gator bag Jr. can be used to help aid in this process and also provide plants with a good soaking due to the slow release of the water into the root-zone of the plant.
We highly recommend that you mulch your Blue Point Juniper Spiral Topiary Trees with either a ground hardwood or cypress mulch depending on your local availability. Any type of mulch will do, but cypress or hardwood mulch will be of a higher quality and provide better nutrition overall as they breakdown. Mulching helps to keep weeds away which will compete with your new investment for water and nutrients. A 2 to 3-inch layer of mulch is sufficient but remember to take care not to cover any part of the stem of the plant with mulch. It is better to leave a one-inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or trunk of the plant.
The Blue Point Spiral Juniper tree is an absolute treasure for any landscape. Add some artsy flare and significant curb appeal with this topiary delight!The Blue Point Spiral Juniper is deer resistant, drought tolerant, and easy to grow. A little trimming about once per year is all you will need to keep your tree's curves in check.
Our Wichita Blue Spiral Juniper tree has been expertly pruned into a beautiful topiary tree. Enjoy the curves and swirls of this lovely blue tree. This juniper tree is evergreen so it will look nice all year round. Add an upscale look and an elegant, but artistic feel to your landscape with this manicured tree.
"Blue Point" is listed as growing to 7 to 8 feet but does indeed grow larger as you have discovered. Junipers can certainly be pruned, but unfortunately there is no way to discourage new growth by pruning. They are vigorous plants! If you attempt to shorten it, you will end up needing to prune the sides as well.
Secondly, how do you fertilize blue point junipers? Every spring and late summer, your "Blue Point" juniper requires an extra boost of nutrients to help support proper foliage and branch growth. For the best results, use a 12-4-8 or 16-4-8 fertilizer product at a rate of 1/4 pound of fertilizer for every 50 square feet of gardening space.
Cut the juniper foliage between the spirals of ribbon, using the ribbons as a guide for spacing and shaping the spiral cuts. Use a pair of bypass pruners or lopping shears, and long-handled hedge shears, to cut entire branches back to the trunk, as needed.
There are dozens of different types of junipers, from spreading, to creeping to upright, pyramidal, and each has pruning peculiarities. But some general rules apply to all. All junipers have dead zones at their center so severe pruning, including topping, is never a good idea.
Space ground cover varieties at least 5 to 6 feet apart. Hedge cultivars should be spaced 2 to 4 feet apart depending on the desired appearance. Plant larger juniper cultivars away from buildings, allowing enough room for the tree to grow to its maximum mature width without interference.
Junipers (Juniperus spp.) are needle-leaved evergreens that are used in many landscapes. Insufficient and excessive watering as well as dog urine can cause the juniper's needles to turn brown and drop, but two diseases and two pests can also cause these symptoms. When left untreated, they can kill a juniper.
Junipers (Juniperus spp.) can be used in nearly every part of your landscape. The long-lived evergreens can become scraggly and overgrown, however. Although a juniper won't grow back from a branch that has no green growth, careful pruning can revive the shrub.
Junipers are hardy shrubs that can take severe pruning, but it is possible to kill them by pruning them back too far. They can be pruned at any time, but do heavy pruning in winter or early spring before growth starts. If the juniper is severely overgrown, it may be preferable to replace it.
Growing Blue Point Junipers The Blue Point Juniper has proved its worth for the last 50 years, and it remains the number-one choice, with foliage of a striking silver-blue color all year round. It grows steadily, adding 6 to 12 inches each year, and reaching 10 to 12 feet in just 10 years.
Trim them back several inches. Work your way down the sides of the tree, after finishing the top. Cut all branches back several inches to keep it in proportion, so that it still has the basic cone shape of a pine tree. Select one of the top small stems, just below the top stem that you cut short, and bend it upward.
Initial Shaping Tie a ribbon to the top of a cone-shaped evergreen and wrap it down around the tree in a spiral pattern. Cut away the branches that fall under the ribbon. Lightly trim the remaining branches, focusing on rounding the tops and bottoms of the spiral's curves. Trim the top of the tree to the desired height.
Answer: The best time to prune junipers is late winter and early spring just before growth begins. However, because junipers are usually very vigorous, they can be pruned almost any time. You can prune them now with little harmful effect on the tree.
Prune up to 20 percent of skyrocket juniper height with your garden pruner or, if the trunk is over 1-1/2 inches in diameter, with a pruning saw. Make sure all cuts are made above the dead zone. Cut off any frost-damaged or diseased branches with your garden pruner, removing as much as necessary to clear any damage.
Watering. Evergreen junipers are extremely drought tolerant and prefer their soil on the dry side. Do not locate lawn sprinklers near junipers, which would expose them to overwatering. Water newly planted junipers twice a week when there is no rainfall for the first two months.
Fertilize the juniper annually in early spring with a complete, slow-release fertilizer with a formulation such as 12-4-8 or 16-4-8. Spread the fertilizer evenly around the juniper at a rate of 1/2 pound per 100 square feet just before it rains or water it thoroughly after applying the fertilizer.
A bonsai plant requires frequent watering. You should plan to water it every two to three days. Never allow the soil to dry out completely. Usually you can tell when it needs watering by the color and feel of the soil surface.
Water young shrubs well and mulch with pine needles or bark mulch to keep the soil evenly moist and weeds at bay. Fertilize in spring with a layer of compost and an organic plant food for evergreens. Prune junipers in spring after a spurt of new growth to shape the plant and remove dead, broken or diseased branches.
Junipers produce dusky blue berries that are actually cones containing seeds. Birds, foxes and other wild animals eat juniper berries. Native Americans used juniper berries in some dishes and medicines. The berries on your juniper bush are edible, provided you observe a few cautions.