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JUNIPERUS chinensis 'Blue Vase'

Image of Juniperus chinensis 'Blue Vase'

Family

Cupressaceae

Botanical Name

JUNIPERUS chinensis 'Blue Vase'

Plant Common Name

Blue Vase Juniper, Chinese Juniper

General Description

The upright, vase-shaped form and lovely, light blue foliage of juniper 'Blue Vase' make it an ideal choice for numerous landscape situations. The dense, minty-blue foliage scales of this attractive, evergreen shrub are prickly in youth, but smooth out with maturity. ‘Blue Vase’ is derived from Chinese juniper (Juniperus chinensis), a highly variable species found throughout most of China, whose diversity of form has led to the creation of numerous cultivars of different shapes, sizes and color variations.

Chinese juniper are dioecious, meaning that fruit is borne only on female plants, but most named cultivars such as this are fruitless, male clones. ‘Blue Vase’ is a moderate grower that thrives in full sun and is not picky about soil fertility. It is intolerant of saturated ground, so any suitable planting location must be very well-drained. This juniper may be allowed to grow naturally as a single specimen, sheared to a more semiformal shape, or used as an evergreen screen or hedge.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Needled or Scaled Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    4'-8' / 1.2m - 2.4m

  • Width

    4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, China, Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Fruit Color

    Blue, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Blue Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Exfoliating

  • Usage

    Edging, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No