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93.‘Brodie’ Juniper

Juniperus virginiana ‘Brodie’


Tree Details

Hardiness zone:
3b to 9
Height:
40 to 50 ft.
Spread:
8 to 20 ft.; Extremely variable over its extensive native range
Habit:
Densely pyramidal when young and slightly pendulous in old age; variable in the wild form from almost columnar to broadly pyramidal.
Light:
Prefers a sunny, airy location. Will tolerate shade only in extreme youth.
Soil:
Prefers a deep moist loam on well-drained subsoil; tolerant of adverse conditions, poor gravelly soils.
Flowers:
Usually dioecious; staminate yellow, pistillate green; interesting in late winter, February to March. Female trees are lovely with the various colored cones, some greenish blue to frosted blue.
Fruit:
Cones globular or ovoid, up to ¼ inch across; brownish violet, glaucous bloomy, ripening in the first season.
Landscape use:
An excellent, grouping, and screening plant if used with care as to color combinations.
History:
Native habitat is East and central North America, east of the Rocky Mountains. Introduced before 1664.
Pests\Problems:
Cedar apple rust and bagworms.
Significant Features:
Useful for windbreaks, shelter belts, hedges, and topiary work. Wood is used for cedar chests, closet linings, pencils, carving, and small ornamental work.

 

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