Juniperus chinensis 'Blue Point' / Blue Point Chinese juniper

Juniperus chinensis 'Blue Point' is a uniform-growing dwarf conical selection of Chinese juniper with dense branching holding prickly blue-gray foliage. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 4.5 feet (1.5 m) tall and two-thirds as wide, an annual growth rate of 4 to 6 inches (10 - 15 cm). It is a fairly commonly seen landscape tree that is easily found in garden centers and box stores.

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected and introduced in the early 1970s by Monrovia Nursery of Visalia, California, USA.

Juniperus chinensis 'Blue Point' — a very attractive Chinese juniper, appropriate for any suburban landscape.
Photo by Monrovia Nursery, Inc.

Comments

Elizabeth

The height measurements are wrong. Its supposed to get taller. Others sources say 15 feet. Maybe your max means 15 feet not 1.5 meters.

David Olszyk

hello Elizabeth. Take note that 4.5 feet / 1.5 m are 10-year averages. We all know that trees never stop growing, so it's not proper to ever talk about maximum heights.

Judy

Hi! Will the Blue Point Juniper have berries? If yes, are they poisonous to dogs?

David Olszyk

yes, apparently it's a female clone that will produce juniper berries. They are said to be mildly toxic (both seed and foliage) to dogs. It shouldn't kill your dog, just make him sick for a while.

J Moore

Is the Blue Point Juniper considered a ‘hybrid’? Are the berries safe for human consumption? (Meat rubs & of course, gin?

David Olszyk

this is not a hybrid! 'Blue Point' is a seedling selection of Chinese juniper. Further, it's not the ACS's role to determine or recommend what plants may or may not be fit for human consumption.

Mark Wood

Can the Blue Point Juniper tolerate partial sun?

David Olszyk

yes, but you'll know pretty quickly if your opinion of "partial" is insufficient. When grown in too low of light, the foliage will become quite sparse and the branching will become open and stretched as your plant searches for whatever sunlight it can find.

Paul Sanchez

What is the best soil mixture to plant a Blue Point Juniper? Once planted how often should it be watered. I do know that they do not like "wet feet".

Web Editor

Paul, some of this is dependent on where you are in the world, but generally, junipers (like many conifers) prefer well-draining somewhat gritty soil. This one is pretty tolerant so you can get by with general garden soil. If you have heavy soil, plant it slightly 'proud' so that the crown is a bit above ground level and mound up around it with either native or amended soil. DO NOT dig a hole and fill it with amended soil.

If the soil is well-draining, you should water when it begins to dry out. DO NOT allow the root ball to go completely dry; that will finish it off. Best way is to stick your finger in the soil around the trunk and evaluate that way.