Juniperus scopulorum 'Blue Arrow' / Blue Arrow Rocky Mountain juniper
Juniperus scopulorum 'Blue Arrow' is a fairly fast growing, narrow, upright selection of Rocky Mountain juniper with dense branching holding bright, blue-green foliage and silvery berries in winter. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 12 to 15 feet (4 - 5 m) tall and only 2 feet (60 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 15 to 18 inches (37 - 45 cm).
'Blue Arrow' is a good choice for those wanting a formal, Mediterranean-style garden, but live in a climate that is too cold for Cupressus sempervirens to survive.
This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in 1949 at Pine Grove Nurseries, Clearfield, Pennsylvania, USA. Many growers consider it to be an vast improvement over the older, ubiquitous, Juniperus scopulorum 'Skyrocket.'
Juniperus scopulorum 'Blue Arrow' a nice, blue-green formal, upright conifer.
Photo by Paramount Nursery, Inc.
Could these be trimmed at the top to maintain a desired height?
Hi David. Do you (or anyone else) know when I can trim my Blue Arrow? Some websites mention September. Also a website mentioned it's best to trim in late winter (when the heavy frost is passed). Can you advise? I live in the Netherlands. September is autumn and +/- 15 degrees C. Late winter +/- 5 degrees C (and the spring sets in around march/april.
I am considering a 'Blue Arrow', I understand it stays about 2 feet wide. I have a small yard. I live in Colorado and concerned about how it does with snow weight. How does it hold up?I find nothing on this subject on the garden websites. I heard the Woodward (Plant select) does well with snow weight but I don't like the looks of it as well. Any help would be appreciated.
Hi Barbara ... snow and ice will definitely splay those fine fastigiate branches. If you don't want that that to happen, try doing what I do: before expected snow or ice, get a bunch of old bicycle tubes and and wrap that plant. As the snow event is taking place. Give the plant a few whaps with a broom before it builds up too much.
Does anyone know where these can be purchased online? Monrovia ships them, but not to Lafayette, Indiana, where I live (not sure why since it should do OK here). The local garden centers do not carry them either.
if you're trying to create a mass planting, you can plant these as far apart as you please. As for depth, always plant to a depth that the root flare is visible. Planting too deep will virtually guarantee to suffocate the root system within 15 years of planting.
I’m thinking of planting these on a ledge behind my house where there isn’t depo soil.
They will be I. Full sun and will have wind protection from house on one side and mature large trees below the ledge on the other. I’m in Massachusetts so there is snow. I
At these a poor choice for that location?
We live in the high desert (Sierra Nevada) at about 4,000/4,500 feet in the Reno/Sparks valley. We are looking for easy care evergreens (we are from California and need to see "green") for a couple different areas in our smallish backyard. We will have a fountain built and were planning on putting Arborvitae (Emerald Green) on both sides and possibly behind but after learning they can grow up to 5 feet wide (too wide for our space) and that they are quite fussy when it comes to water (if they get tried out they will show the stress a couple months later through browning at the ends of the green leaves/needles and that takes a long time to repair per nursery experts). You won't necessarily know what caused the browning because it will show up a couple months after the incident. Our winters vary quite tremondously - some years it can get below 0 degrees F we are told. Last winter we had over 1 week several feet of snow when we were told at our location (southern part of the valley) the snow usually melts in a day or two. Our yard faces Soutwest (to the sunset) and get the mountain winds blown in towards the house from the backyard fence where we plan to plant the narrow conifers. Would this Blue Point be a good choice? Nurseries tell us if we have dry winter periods (we had no rain or snow for 45 days after early January) we will need to deep handwater (we winterize our irrigation) 2 times a month. Sound about right or can you add to this or correct any misunderstanding?
I think that's way too close. You didn't leave enough room for the plant to grow for 50 years. They never stop growing. I think it should be a minimum of six feet away from the foundation. It'll be touching the house within ten years.