Iowa Juniper

Juniperus chinensis
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Dense, Grayish-Green Foliage Iowa Juniper

If you need a burst of green and a bit of fun added to your yard, you need an Iowa Juniper (Juniperus chinensis), pronto! This needled evergreen will offer your yard year-long color and a celebratory columnar shape.

The handsome Iowa Juniper is upright and attractive. It grows in a conical form but won't need any pruning to keep its loose shape. Its blue-green, sometimes described as gray, foliage blankets this tree from head to toe.

Most landscape designers use the Iowa Juniper as a privacy screen. It looks fabulous when planted in a row along a property line or staggered the throughout the yard. It does a wonderful job of absorbing unwanted noise and providing your yard with shade, so don't hesitate to plant several along your sidewalk or behind your home.

When planting your Iowa Juniper, make sure you leave it plenty of room to stretch its branches. It will require about twenty feet to accommodate its sturdy branches.

Deer don't enjoy munching on this tree, but birds sure enjoy its berries! These bluish green berries are a cone-adaptation that appear in late summer to early fall. Birds also appreciate that the Iowa Juniper offers some wintertime shelter.

For years of healthy Iowa Junipers, plant yours in full sun with well-drained, gravelly soil. This tree does well once established and can handle drought and alkaline soil.

If you want statuesque trees with handsome evergreen foliage, you want to pick up some Iowa Junipers. This low-maintenance juniper will grace your yard with beauty, shade, and a buffet for birds.

  • Great privacy screen
  • Handsome columnar form
  • Blue-green berries that birds enjoy
More Information
Botanical Name Juniperus chinensis
Mature Height 10 - 12 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Growth Rate Medium
Pollinator Required No
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