Junipers! How do you know which are worth growing and which might cause you some problems? You could spend some time researching the subject and even try growing a few varieties if you had time. However, here at McShane’s Nursery and Landscape Supply we have compiled a list of junipers that we feel are the best!

Botanically all junipers are Juniperus. Junipers are grown all around the world. More than a dozen species of juniper are native to the United States. One species, Juniperus virginiana is commonly called Eastern Red Cedar even though it is not a cedar. The berries (which are actually a fleshy cone, not a berry) are used to flavor gin. The foliage on junipers can be described as scale-like or prickly needles. They aren’t the traditional long, slender needles like those of pine or spruce. Some varieties have both scale-like and prickly forms of needles and other varieties have just one form. McShane’s Nursery divides junipers into two categories. They are grouped as spreaders and uprights. Spreaders all grow wider than tall. Some spreaders are almost globular in form, growing evenly wide and tall. Uprights grow much taller than they are wide. Most of
the good landscape varieties of junipers are hardy in zones 3 and 4. One variety, Grey Owl, is hardy to Zone 2. There are other varieties hardy to Zone 2, but none that we sell. Junipers are easy to grow when you meet their few basic needs. Once established, they are relatively drought tolerant – as are all plants, they tolerate drought after they have been planted long enough to establish a good root system. They all do well in full sun. A few varieties will tolerate light shade. Unlike many other evergreens, junipers do not need acid soil but tolerate a wide range of soil pH. A few varieties are even tolerant of salt. Junipers adapt well to almost any soil type from sand to clay, but don’t like to stay wet.

Spreading Varieties
Andorra Compact 18″ tall x 3-5′ wide; gray green foliage; dense branching habit; plum colored foliage in fall; hardy to Zone 4
Arcadia 18″ tall x 6′ wide; green foliage; horizontal branching with lacy foliage; hardy to Zone 4
Blue Chip 10″ tall x 6′ wide; blue foliage; prostrate and compact; maintains excellent blue color year around; hardy to Zone 4
Blue Star 18″ tall x 24″ wide; steel-blue foliage; irregular mounding habit; hardy to Zone 4
Broadmoor 18″ tall x 6′ wide; rich green foliage; low, mounding spreader; bears no fruit; hardy to Zone 4
Buffalo 18″ tall x 6′ wide; bright green feathery foliage; hardy to Zone 3
Calgary Carpet 9-12″ tall x 6-8′ wide; soft green foliage; also known as mini-Arcade or Sierra spreader; hardy to Zone 3
Gold Lace 4′ tall x 6′ wide; golden-green foliage; lacy texture; hardy to Zone 4
Gold Star 4′ tall x 6′ wide; golden-green foliage; very similar to the old Pfitzer variety but the foliage is gold tipped; hardy to Zone 4
Grey Owl 24″ tall x 4′ wide; silver-gray foliage; similar to the old Pfitzer variety but with silver-gray foliage and lots of silver-blue berries,  beautiful shape; hardy to Zone 2
Hughes 12″ tall x 6′ wide; silver-blue foliage; graceful form; hardy to Zone 4
Icee Blue 4″ tall x 8′ wide; silver-blue foliage; prostrate form noted for the colored foliage; hardy to Zone 3
Japanese Dwarf 18″ tall x 3-4′ wide; blue-green foliage; layered branching makes it a popular bonsai-like shrub;
hardy to Zone 4
Maney 4-5′ tall x 5-6′ wide; blue-gray foliage; large, semi-erect dense shrub; hardy to Zone 3
Mint Julep aka Sea Green 4-6′ tall x 4-6′ wide; mint-green foliage; regular form has arching branches creating a fountain effect; also available pruned into an espalier, oriental form, pompon and spiral; hardy to Zone 3
Moor-Dense 12″ tall x 5-6′ wide; green foliage; a denser form of Broadmoor that is more ground-hugging; hardy to Zone 3

Mother Lode 6″ tall x 6′ wide; very low spreading form; gold sport of Wilton Carpet; orange-yellow fall color; hardy to Zone 3
Prince of Wales 6″ tall x 5-6′ wide; bright green foliage; very low growing plant that forms a dense mat; foliage turns light purple in fall; hardy to Zone 3
Ramlosa 3-5′ tall x 6′ wide; dark green foliage; an improved Pfitzer that is more compact and has better color; hardy to Zone 4
Sargent Green 18″ tall x 6′ wide; green foliage; holds its color year around; hardy to Zone 4
Scandia 18″ tall x 3-5′ wide; bright green foliage; dense; hardy to Zone 3
Table Top 4-5′ tall x 5-6′ wide; silver-blue foliage, flat-topped evergreen with rich silver-blue color; hardy to Zone 4
Webber 6-8″ tall x 3-5′ wide; blue foliage; mat-like form; great color; hardy to Zone 4
Wilton Carpet aka Blue Rug 6″ tall x 6′ wide; one of the best low-trailing junipers; intense color with good, even growth; hardy to Zone 4

Upright Junipers
Blue Arrow 12-15′ tall x 24″ wide; blue-green foliage; very narrow upright with good color; hardy to Zone 4
Eastern Red Cedar 30′ tall x 15′ wide; native to east and central North America; densely pyramidal; gray-green
foliage; hardy to Zone 3, alternate host for Cedar-Apple Rust.
Hetz Columnar 15-18′ tall x 4-6′ wide; dark green foliage; good columnar habit with dense foliage; hardy to Zone
4; also available in a spiral or multi-tiered form
Medora 12-15′ tall x 4-6′ wide; blue-green foliage; slow growing and compact; Zone 4
Skyrocket 12-15′ tall x 24″ wide; silver-blue foliage; fast growing; hardy to Zone 4
Tolleson’s Blue Weeping 20′ tall x 10′ wide; silver-blue foliage; graceful weeping habit; arching branches; hardy to Zone 3
Wichita Blue 12-15′ tall x 4-6′ wide; blue foliage; broad, pyramidal form; holds color year-around; hardy to Zone 4

Junipers come in many varieties and here at McShane’s Nursery and Landscape Supply, we want to help you find the ones that are just right for your landscape. That’s why we have put together the list of recommended junipers above. Still need help knowing which variety will fit right in with your landscape? We are happy to help!

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