Grey Owl Juniper (Juniperus Virginiana ‘Grey Owl’) Zone 4 to 9
Grey owl juniper is a very strong shrub that is long lived and is tolerant to just about any condition. It has finely textured foliage that soft to the touch, the silver grey needles hang down while the branches have an arch. One of the best features are the abundant amount of fragrant blueish silver berries it gets in the summer that attract birds and other wildlife. Being a very dense shrub, it will make a perfect nesting place for birds. Being a medium sized shrub, Grey owl juniper will grow to 3 feet tall and 5 feet wide if untrimmed. Grey Owl Juniper will keep its beauty if untrimmed, so this is the perfect shrub for your landscape to add color without the maintenance. Grey Owl Juniper will also turn a beautiful purple color in colder climates during the winter to add more color to your landscape.
Grey Owl Juniper Landscape Use
There are many uses for Grey Owl Juniper in landscapes. It is a good shrub for mass planting on a bank or a large area to keep down weeds and to control erosion because the roots are fibrous. The main use is foundation plantings or small hedges. When planting them as a foundation shrub space them at least three feet away from a house or sidewalk and three feet away from each other to prevent more maintenance. Another good use is planting Three to five around a dwarf tree on the corner of a house, or in an island bed to add color. Grey Owl Juniper is a good shrub for planting under windows and planting something taller in between the windows such as Emerald Arborvitae or Alberta Spruce.
Grey Owl Juniper Facts
Mature height: Grows 3 to 5 feet tall but can easily be kept smaller is desired.
Mature width: They can grow up to 6 feet wide but can be trimmed into a smaller size if desired.
Soil type: Grey Owl is a very strong shrub and can grow in just about any soil including shale, clay, loam, or sand.
Growth rate: The growth rate is moderate. They will grow about 6 to 12 inches a year depending on the conditions.
Sun Exposure: Grows best in full sun but can handle some shade. When grown in shade they will not get as thick and will not grow as fast.
Moisture: They can handle almost any condition but will not do great in standing water. Grey Owl is very drought tolerant. Water when first planted until roots are somewhat established.
Flower: The flowers are not visible.
Seed: They get and abundant amount of silver blue fragrant berries in the summer. The berries are used for cooking and for incents and they hang on the shrub for a long time.
Winter color: Grey Owl will get a purple tint in the winter that is attractive.
Maintenance: Very Low. They will only need trimmed once every other year to control growth and to make it have a perfect shape. If you like the natural look, they will need less trimming. They are sometimes trimmed into topiary such as pom pom.
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