Grey Owl Juniper -

(Juniperus virginiana 'Grey Owl')

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Family: Cupressaceae Genus: Juniperus Species: virginiana Cultivar: 'Grey Owl'
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Brent Wilson

Brent Wilson · Gardenality Administrator · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F · Comment About Planting
Grey Owl Juniper is a very drought tolerant plant that should be planted in well-drained soil and in full sun. Useful on slopes or in landscape beds as a mid-size shrub to 4 feet or so in height with double the spread.

To plant, dig a hole no deeper than the root ball and two to three times the width of the root ball and fill it with water. If the hole drains within a few hours, you have good drainage. If the water is still standing 12 hours later, improve the drainage in your bed, perhaps by establishing a raised bed. Turn and break up the soil removed from the planting hole. If the native soil is dense, compacted or heavy clay mix in a good organic compost or soil amendment at a 50/50 ratio with the soil removed from the hole. Remove your plant from its container and carefully but firmly loosen the root ball. Set the plant into the hole you've prepared, making sure the top of the root ball is slightly above the soil level. Pull your backfill soil mixture around the root ball in the hole, tamping as you go to remove air pockets. Then water thoroughly and cover with a one to two-inch layer of mulch.

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Brent Wilson

Brent Wilson · Gardenality Administrator · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F · Comment About Pruning
Grey Owl Juniper does not require pruning. You can remove broken or stray branches any time of year.

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Brent Wilson

Brent Wilson · Gardenality Administrator · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F · Comment About Feeding
Feed Grey Owl Juniper in spring with a slow-release shrub & tree type fertilizer that includes a micronutrient package.

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Brent Wilson

Brent Wilson · Gardenality Administrator · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F · Comment About Problems
I've seen no serious pest or disease problems with Grey Owl Juniper. Consistently wet soil can cause root rot.

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Dan Gerhardt

Dan Gerhardt · Gardenality Bud · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F · Comment About Feeding
This juniper beauty is best fertilized in early spring, and again in mid fall. Leave it alone during the hot summer months, and directly after transplanting, if you dare attempt such a maneuver (see planting comment).

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Dan Gerhardt

Dan Gerhardt · Gardenality Bud · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F · Comment About Planting
This plant's roots do not like to be disturbed, once established. I tried transplanting a couple of them in early spring a few years ago and it didn't work out so well. If you must, and have no choice, then I would suggest a transplanting attempt in late fall or winter

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Spencer Young

Spencer Young · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F · Comment About Pruning
Junipers generally need no pruning, just cut away dead or unwanted branches. If you do need to cut it back wait until late winter before new growth emerges.

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