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Juniperus virginiana 'Grey Owl'

Family: Cupressaceae (koo-press-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Juniperus (jew-NIP-er-us) (Info)
Species: virginiana (vir-jin-ee-AN-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Grey Owl

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2 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral BajaBlue On Sep 8, 2009, BajaBlue from Rancho Santa Rita, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Spreading. Fast growing with arching branches.

Blue-gray whipcord-like foliage. Attractive bluish fruit. Juniper fruits are not berries but actually small cones whose scales have become flashy and fused.

Well suited for sunny locations. Tolerates relatively poor soil, salt exposure, and performs well in windy sites.

Drought tolerant once established and adaptable to coastal conditions. together.

Positive sladeofsky On Sep 22, 2008, sladeofsky from Louisville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is a great plant with a beautiful color. The information provided here Though is not accurate for 'Grey Owl'. It appears someone has simply filled out the info for the species. Grey Owl will not grow into a 40' tree. And unless you are a fan of solitary shrubs growing in the middle of your lawn, I would suggest planting them 4-6 feet apart (or closer for hedging), not 15'


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Birmingham, Alabama
Clermont, Kentucky
Georgetown, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Alfred, Maine
Cincinnati, Ohio

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