Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Gray Owl Juniper

{Picture of Gray Owl Juniper}

Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Medium Evergreen
  • Scientific Name: Juniperus virginiana 'Gray Owl' Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Juniper
  • Parent: Juniperus virginiana
  • Related Cultivars:

    Juniperus virginiana 'Hillii'
    Juniperus virginiana 'Canaertii'

  • Zone: 3
  • Plant Size: 2-3'
  • Habit: Spreading
  • Culture:

    Adaptable. Tolerates poor dry soils. Full sun.

  • Notes:

    A spreading selection that is probably a hybrid of J. virginiana and a parent of unknown origin. Has silver-gray foliage and an abundance of attractive fruits in fall and winter.

  • Pruning:Pruning animation

    Regular pruning on spreading type junipers is very important to maintain the desired size and to avoid makor reconstructive pruning.

    Cut back the most vigorous shoots inside the body of the plant where they meet another branch. This will reduce the size of the plant while maintaining a natural appearance.

    This type of pruning may be done prior to new growth in spring or in mid-July.

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Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Bill Hoch, Associate Professor
Montana State University

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