Blaauw Chinese Juniper (Juniperus chinensis ‘Blaauw’)

Blaauw Chinese Juniper

For an architectural landscape feature, choose the durable Blaauw Chinese Juniper (Juniperus chinensis ‘Blaauw’). Dense, columnar form and short, blue-gray and green, evergreen needles make a striking impression…just about anywhere you want to plant it!

Blaauw thrives in full sun or partial shade. It’s blissfully “un-picky” about soil type or soil pH, as long as it is well-drained!

Planting and Application:

This is the kind of low-maintenance conifer people dream about. No one sees through the slim, trim profile and thick, aromatic, short, blue-gray and green plumes of a Blaauw Chinese Juniper.

  • Use a single one as a showy living “exclamation point”. Blaauw easily amplifies the visual interest for garden guests to enjoy as they move through your yard.
  • Or, plant many of them in a narrow privacy screen with a spacing of three feet between each plant. No need to worry about them overcrowding a tight side yard or small space garden!
  • Define the edge of your property with a handsome hedgerow. Try a staggered double row if you want the fastest results.
  • Blaauw’s strongly ascending branches give the feeling of strength. Create an effective feature with a semi-circular planting of Blaauw behind a weeping flowering tree like Snow Fountains Weeping Cherry.
  • Perfect for new homeowners and experienced gardeners, these low-maintenance small trees make a great sentry pair; so plant one on either side of your front door for a grand entrance. It’s best to allow plenty of room for them to reach the maximum spread listed on the Plant Highlights…and always add extra for easy access to your home for maintenance.

Tips for Care:

Plant Juniper in well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade with at least four hours of sunlight a day. Water consistently during the first season to get the plants established; and then only in extended dry weather.

  • If you have cold winters, plan to water deeply in late fall. This provides an easy way to protect the evergreen branches from winter damage.
  • Prune in early spring to correct shape, if needed. Cut any long, wayward branches back into the canopy by six inches or so for the most natural look.
  • Our high-end Juniperus chinensis ‘Blaauw’ is also a popular Bonsai candidate for wiring and sculpting. This ancient pruning technique truly brings out the raw power of the upright branching.

Blaauw Chinese Juniper (Juniperus chinensis ‘Blaauw’) Details

Common name Blaauw Chinese Juniper
Botanical name Juniperus chinensis 'Blaauw'
Plant type Evergreen
Hardiness zone 4-9
Growth rate Medium
Height 12 - 15 ft.
Width 3 - 5 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Low Once Established
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly No
Pruning time Early Spring