The slim and slow growing Juniperus Virginiana tree has dark blue colored leaves. It is also known as the Blue Arrow. This is a member of the large conifer genera. Its species number more than 64. Mostly, the tree is easy to cultivate and has a better tolerance to drought than other conifers. A distinguishable feature is its fleshy fruit with scales. They do not resemble the usual leathery and hard conifer fruits.
The blue fruits are attractive to birds because of their berrylike appearance. The leaves are also aromatic. It is common to find younger leaves appearing scale-like unlike the mature ones. Young leaves and mature ones can be found on the same branch.
If the plant is exposed to extreme wet conditions, the roots have a tendency to rot. The live cells also need to be exposed to air. If this is not possible, the roots end up rotting or dying off because of stress. This means that if the soil has poor drainage or you are planting it on heavy clay, there could be a problem. When you are planting in such a soil type, be sure to have good drainage.
The trees do not require generic pruning. A variety of conifers do not need pruning at all. It could be necessary to remove dead or damaged branches. Pay particular attention to the removed branches since they have a tendency to grow again. This could alter the general shape of the plant. Ensure that the trimming is done midsummer. What you should cut is only the growth experienced in the current season.
Make sure new plants are watered on a regular basis because the roots are shallow. This is important for the first year or so. If there is a long drought, check how the plant is growing. It is also likely that wind could cause damage to smaller trees because the roots are not deep enough yet. Using windbreakers is an important undertaking. Mulch them to prevent weeds and keep moisture in the soil.
In the first winter, the tree may be exposed to extreme conditions. To avoid too much loss of moisture through the leaves, use a sacking windshield. If the tree is under undue pressure, you will notice darkened leaves. The advantages of trees from the conifer family are that they are pest-free and mostly resistant to diseases.
Conifers in their wild habitats do well in soils that have fewer nutrients. If you are satisfied with the color and growth, it is not important that you feed it. As long as you follow a regular watering pattern during the first season, the tree could end up doing well. This is because the tree will eventually be able to grow deep and extensive roots.
During the search for the Juniperus Virginiana seedlings, it is important to find a stockist you can rely on. This is also a great chance for you to collect additional information as well as assistance with growing it. When you start on the right footing, maintenance and general care will be simplified. One good thing about these plants is that they are not complex to deal with.