The slim, slow growing and dark blue hued Juniperus Virginiana tree is known as the Blue Arrow. It belongs to the larger conifer genera. There are more than 64 different species of this tree. In most places, the tree is easy to cultivate because of its tolerance to drought compared to the rest of the conifers. It can be distinguished by its unusual fleshy fruits, unlike the normal hard, leathery conifer fruits.
The blue fruits mostly attract birds since they have a berrylike appearance. The leaves also have a unique aroma. Younger leaves are scaly compared to mature ones. Both the young and mature leaves can exist on the same branch.
When the plant is exposed to too much water, it is likely to have the roots rotting. This is because the cells can no longer be exposed to air. With poor aeration, the roots may end up dying off or rotting due to additional stress. If you plant in poorly drained or heavy clay, you might end up with a problem with the trees. When planting in such soil, it is vital to ensure there is reliable drainage for any excessive water.
It is not necessary that the trees undergo generic pruning. A good variety of conifers do not require pruning at all. Damaged or dead branches should be cut off. Be watchful since they tend to grow back. If this happens, the plant could end up changing shape. Midsummer is the advisable time to trim it. Make sure only the growth experienced within the current season.
New plants ought to undergo regular watering, especially because of the shallow roots. This is vital within the first year or more. If the drought is prolonged, make sure you check how the plant is growing. It is likely that the wind can cause irreparable damage so juvenile trees since the root are yet to go deep enough. Windbreakers are important to use. Mulch the plant to keep off weeds and maintain moisture.
During the first winter season, the tree could be exposed extreme conditions. To reduce additional loss of moisture through the foliage, a sacking windshield could be the best bet. You can notice when the tree is under great pressure when the leaves are darker than usual. The best thing with a coniferous tree is its resistance to diseases and freedom from pests.
In its wild habitat, the tree does well even in soils with poor nutrients. If you are certain the color and growth indicate that the plant is healthy, you do not have to feed it. As long as you give it water regularly on the first season, you could be assured that it will do well. This is because it will be in a position to deepen and extend its roots.
When searching for good Juniperus Virginiana seedlings, make sure you find a reliable stockist. This will also be a splendid chance to collect additional information and get assistance in raising it. When you begin on the right footing, you will find that care and general maintenance are stress-free especially because the plants are not complex.