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Twice a monthFull sunDeer resistant
  • Striking Blue Foliage: The Blue Arrow Juniper is renowned for its intense blue foliage, which adds a unique color dimension to any landscape. This vibrant blue hue remains consistent throughout the year, providing a spectacular color contrast against traditional green landscapes or as an eye-catching standalone feature.
  • Narrow, Upright Growth: With its extremely narrow and upright growth habit, the Blue Arrow Juniper serves as an ideal choice for tight spaces or for adding vertical interest in garden designs. This compact form makes it perfect for small gardens, narrow beds, or as an elegant, space-saving privacy screen.
  • Hardy and Low Maintenance: Known for its hardiness and minimal care requirements, the Blue Arrow Juniper thrives in a variety of conditions and requires little pruning or watering once established. Its resilience to harsh weather and adaptability to various soil types make it a favored choice for gardeners seeking a robust yet attractive plant.


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With the Blue Arrow Juniper, expect a show-stopping addition to your landscape. As it matures, the columnar form and striking blue-green foliage will provide an elegant backdrop to your garden, adding height, texture, and color year-round. This low-maintenance and resilient juniper will endure the seasons with grace, enhancing the beauty of your outdoor space for years to come.

Growth rate: Moderate growth rate, typically growing 6-12 inches per year. Reaches a mature height of 12-15 feet tall and a spread of 2-4 feet wide.

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Pruning: is not typically necessary for the Blue Arrow Juniper, as its natural columnar form requires minimal shaping. However, if needed, perform light pruning in early spring to maintain its elegant shape.
Fertilize: the juniper once a year in the spring using a balanced, slow-release fertilizer.
Winter Protection: During winter, ensure the plant is well-hydrated before the ground freezes to protect it from winter desiccation.

Plant the Blue Arrow Juniper in well-drained soil with full sun exposure for optimal growth. In containers, ensure the pot has sufficient drainage holes to prevent waterlogged roots. When planting in the ground, dig a hole slightly larger than the root ball, place the juniper, and backfill with soil, gently firming it around the base. Water thoroughly after planting to help the plant establish its roots. For container planting, use a high-quality potting mix and avoid overwatering.

The Blue Arrow Juniper thrives in full sun, receiving at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight daily. As a drought-tolerant evergreen, it requires minimal watering once established. Water deeply and infrequently, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings.

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Zones 4-9

The Blue Arrow Juniper is hardy in USDA zones 4 to 9, making it suitable for a wide range of climates. Its exceptional adaptability allows it to withstand both cold winters and warmer summers.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Blue Arrow Juniper is known for its narrow, columnar growth habit. It typically reaches a mature height of about 12 to 15 feet and has a width of about 2 to 3 feet. This slender growth makes it a popular choice for adding vertical accents in landscape design, as it doesn't require much space in terms of width.

The Skyrocket Juniper and Blue Arrow Juniper are both popular juniper varieties known for their narrow, upright growth, but they have some differences:

Color: The Blue Arrow Juniper typically has a bluer foliage compared to the Skyrocket Juniper. The Skyrocket tends to have a more grayish-blue color, while the Blue Arrow's foliage is a more vibrant, steel blue.

Form and Size: While both are columnar, the Blue Arrow Juniper is often more narrowly columnar than the Skyrocket. The Blue Arrow also tends to be slightly shorter, reaching about 12 to 15 feet in height, compared to the Skyrocket, which can grow up to 15 to 20 feet tall.

Density: The foliage of the Blue Arrow Juniper is usually denser and tighter, giving it a more compact appearance, whereas the Skyrocket Juniper's foliage can be a bit more open and less dense.

Both varieties are excellent choices for adding vertical elements to gardens or landscapes, but the choice between them might depend on the specific color or shape preference and the space available for planting.

The Blue Arrow Juniper prefers full sun and does not tolerate shade well. For optimal growth and health, it should be planted in a location where it can receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day. Inadequate sunlight can lead to sparse foliage, poor growth, and reduced overall vigor. To ensure the characteristic dense, columnar form and vibrant blue color of the Blue Arrow Juniper, make sure to plant it in a sunny spot.

The best time to plant junipers, including varieties like the Blue Arrow Juniper, is during the cooler months of fall or early spring. Here’s why these seasons are ideal:

Fall Planting: Planting in the fall allows the juniper to establish its root system during the cooler months, with less stress from heat or drought. The soil is still warm enough to encourage root growth, and the cooler air temperatures reduce the demand for water.

Early Spring Planting: Planting in early spring, after the risk of frost has passed but before the heat of summer sets in, gives the juniper a chance to establish itself during the mild weather of spring.

Both fall and spring offer advantages for the plant to establish itself without the stress of extreme heat or cold. It’s important to ensure that the juniper is well-watered after planting and during its first growing season to promote healthy root development.

The Blue Arrow Juniper has a moderate growth rate. Typically, it can grow about 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 centimeters) per year. This growth rate can vary depending on factors such as soil quality, water availability, and climate conditions. With proper care and in ideal growing conditions, the Blue Arrow Juniper can achieve its maximum growth potential each year.

When planting Blue Arrow Juniper, it's important to consider its mature size to determine the appropriate spacing. Here are some guidelines:

General Spacing: Plant Blue Arrow Junipers about 2 to 3 feet (0.6 to 0.9 meters) apart from each other. This spacing accounts for their narrow, columnar growth while allowing enough room for healthy development.

Consider Mature Width: Blue Arrow Junipers typically reach a width of about 2 to 3 feet (0.6 to 0.9 meters). Ensuring each plant has enough space to reach its full width will prevent overcrowding and promote better growth and health.

Landscape Design: If you're using them as a screen or hedge, closer spacing (closer to 2 feet) can create a denser barrier. For individual specimen planting, allow more space between each tree.

Soil and Sunlight: Ensure each tree will have enough access to sunlight and nutrients. Overcrowding can lead to poor growth and health issues.

By following these guidelines, you can ensure proper spacing for Blue Arrow Junipers, allowing them to grow and thrive effectively in your landscape.

If your Blue Arrow Juniper is turning brown, there are several potential reasons:

Water Stress: Both overwatering and underwatering can cause browning. Overwatering can lead to root rot and poor health, while underwatering, especially in hot or dry conditions, can cause the plant to dry out.

Soil Conditions: Poor drainage in the soil can lead to root problems, such as root rot, which can cause browning.

Pest Infestation: Pests like spider mites can cause browning, especially if they infest the plant in large numbers.

Disease: Fungal diseases like cedar-apple rust can cause browning of the foliage.

Nutrient Deficiencies: Lack of essential nutrients can lead to poor health and discoloration.

Environmental Stress: Extreme temperatures, either too hot or too cold, can cause stress and browning. Junipers prefer full sun but can struggle in excessively hot conditions without adequate water.

Winter Burn: In some climates, junipers can experience winter burn, where foliage turns brown due to cold and wind during winter, especially if the ground is frozen and the plant can't take up water.

To address the issue, ensure the plant is receiving proper care, including appropriate watering, and check for signs of pests or disease. Adjustments in care, along with treating any specific problems, can help restore the health of your Blue Arrow Juniper.

The Blue Arrow Juniper is best suited to a temperate climate and is hardy in USDA zones 4 through 9. It can tolerate a range of temperatures, from cold winters to warm summers, making it versatile for various landscapes. Here's a combined overview of its climate preferences and suitable regions:

Temperature and Sunlight: It withstands cold winter temperatures well and also tolerates heat, provided it's not extreme. The Blue Arrow Juniper thrives in full sun, requiring at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily.

Soil Conditions: It prefers well-draining soil and is adaptable to a variety of soil types, including clay, loam, and sandy soils. Once established, it is quite drought-tolerant.

Well-Suited States: This juniper does well in many states across the U.S., particularly those within USDA zones 4 through 9. It's commonly found thriving in the Northeast, Midwest, Pacific Northwest, and parts of the Southern U.S. States like Colorado, Oregon, Washington, New York, Illinois, and Pennsylvania are examples where it grows successfully.

Native Region: The Blue Arrow Juniper is a cultivar of Juniperus scopulorum, which is native to western North America, ranging from western Canada through the western U.S. and into the Rocky Mountains.

Given its adaptability to various conditions and its native origins, the Blue Arrow Juniper is a robust and attractive choice for landscapes in a wide range of regions, as long as it receives adequate sunlight and is planted in well-draining soil.

Blue Arrow Junipers have moderate water needs, particularly when they are young or newly planted. Here's a simple guideline:

Watering Newly Planted Trees: For the first season after planting, water your Blue Arrow Juniper regularly to help establish its root system. This might mean watering once a week, depending on weather conditions and soil moisture.

Established Trees: Once established, Blue Arrow Junipers are quite drought-tolerant. They typically need less frequent watering, which could be every two to three weeks, depending on rainfall and soil conditions.

Checking Soil Moisture: Before watering, check the soil moisture. The soil should be moist but not waterlogged. If the top 2-3 inches of soil are dry, it's time to water.

Avoid Overwatering: It’s important not to overwater, as junipers are susceptible to root rot in waterlogged soils.

By following these guidelines, you can ensure your Blue Arrow Juniper receives the right amount of water to stay healthy and thrive. Remember, it’s better to underwater than overwater these plants.

Pruning Blue Arrow Junipers is generally straightforward because they naturally maintain a narrow, columnar shape. However, occasional pruning may be necessary for health and aesthetics. Here's how to do it:

Pruning Time: The best time to prune is in late winter or early spring, before new growth begins. Avoid heavy pruning in late summer or fall, as this can stimulate new growth that might not harden off before winter.

Removing Dead or Damaged Branches: Start by removing any dead, damaged, or diseased branches. This helps maintain the health of the plant.

Shaping: If you need to shape the juniper or control its size, make selective cuts to maintain its natural form. Avoid cutting back into old wood where there are no green needles, as junipers do not readily sprout new growth from old wood.

Thinning: If necessary, thin out some of the interior branches to improve air circulation. This should be done sparingly, as excessive thinning can alter the plant's natural shape.

Tools: Use sharp, clean pruning shears or loppers for the best results.

Remember, less is more with Blue Arrow Junipers. They are low-maintenance and typically require only minimal pruning to keep them looking their best.

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