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.

Maxwell Cohn

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?

Maxwell Cohn

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?

Maxwell Cohn

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?

Maxwell Cohn

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.

Q Nguyen

Hello, how do we know if lighting is insufficient? I know you said it’ll become sparse and branching but is there an example? In this case- my house is north facing and I have two in the front.... would it be best to move to the back for summer and back to the front for winter when dormant? Thank you

Sara Malone

You don't want to be digging them up twice a year! If they are in the front and are far enough away from the house, they should be ok. Remember, too, that in winter they are dormant. That is when they would be receiving the least amount of light. Review their placement beginning in April, through, say August. If they are in sun for most of the day during that time they'll be fine. If' they are shaded, you should move them.

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.

Marsha Manning

Does the Blue Point Juniper do well when potted?

Sara Malone

You can grow most conifers in containers, but you need to be mindful of a few things. First, the soil in a container will get both hotter in summer and colder in winter than the ground will. So if you are pushing the temperature tolerances either way, you may want to select a different plant. Second, most conifers prefer well-draining soil. In containers this becomes particularly important as you must use soil that is designed for containers, not just your garden soil. Many people mix their own, using various forms of gritty substances to enhance the drainage. I just use bagged cactus soil. Container conifers should be fertilized with some regularity, especially if you use something like cactus soil, which is pretty spare. Every few years you will want to pull the plant out and root-prune it and refresh the soil. If you can tip the pot onto its side it makes this operation easier. 'Containerizing' the juniper will retard its growth rate somewhat. Good luck!

Teresa

I planted five blue point juniper in April in central Texas. One is clearly dead. The rest are surviving. I water every other day and put shade over them at noon until six in the evening. Things are improving. They might survive. I resisted watering them because directions tell you differently. Temperatures are 100 plus everyday. I think next year I won’t need to water as much. The afternoon sun is a killer.

Dan

I planted 4 blue point juniper in late June in east side of Wisconsin. they look healthy except for browning / dying of small branches at the bottom and inside of each tree. what could be causing this? I am not finding mites, doesn't look like blight...They get good air circulation and medium sun
thanks