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Juniperus virginiana 'Blue Mountain'

Blue Mountain Juniper

Featuring flowing form and blue-green foliage, this easy care evergreen functions well in most sunny landscape locations while providing food and cover for an array of native birds and other wildlife. Masses of blue berries persist into winter on this plant. Looks great alone or planted in groups.

Benefits

  • Dense evergreen provides year round cover and nesting sites for many birds
  • 80 species of birds feed on the fruit
  • Host plant for olive hairstreak butterfly
  • Fragrant foliage and wood
  • Adapts to almost any growing condition and makes a good windbreak

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Easy to grow in full sun. Prefers moist soils, but has the best drought resistance of any conifer native to the eastern U. S. Tolerates a wide range of soils and growing conditions, from swamps to dry rocky areas. Plant in masses to assure good berry set.


Height
3-4 Feet

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Spread
6-8 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

Native Range

Old fields, pastures, roadsides and margins of swamps from southern Quebec to southern Ontario, Minnesota and southern Iowa south to Texas and Florida.

Native Trivia

The heartwood of all varieties of this species is reddish-brown and aromatic and the wood of the larger growing varieties is commonly used for cedar chests and closets because it repels insects.

Characteristics & Attributes

Sun
Songbirds
Deer Resistant
Ground cover
Plan Sub Group
Conifers
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Soil
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Moist
Attracts Wildlife
Mammals
Critter Resistance
Rabbit Resistant
Habitat Collection
Dry Shade
Songbird
Native Habitat
Forest
Grassland
Foliage Color
Blue-green
Gray-green
Green
Uses
Accent
Border
Drought tolerant
Erosion control
Evergreen
Mass plant
Rock garden
Wind tolerant
Native to
Alabama
Arkansas
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Vermont
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin