How to Grow Juniper Trees

Overview

Juniper trees are evergreens that can grow up to 130 feet tall. The trees produce a small berry that can be reddish brown, orange or blue. Juniper is a member is the cypress family. It grows well in many different climates and can be found all across the world. The leaves of the juniper tree are sharp and thin and the tree sheds its pollen early in spring. The tree provides a habitat for many different birds and provides food for deer and rabbit.

Step 1

Prepare the hole to place your juniper tree in. Dig a hole that is twice as big around as your root ball and as deep as your tree container.

Step 2

Mix 1 to 2 lbs. of manure or organic compost into the bottom of the hole. If the soil is not well-drained, mix in gravel with the replacement soil.

Step 3

Soak your juniper tree with water. Use a hose and run water into the container until the soil is completely saturated.

Step 4

Remove the tree from the container and loosen some of the roots with your hand. This will help the tree to become established in the soil quicker.

Step 5

Place the tree into the hole and hold it upright. Refill the hole with the soil that was removed when digging. Use your feet and pack the soil around the base of the tree to remove any air pockets.

Step 6

Water your juniper tree weekly with 1 to 2 inches of water during the first year. Apply 2 to 3 inches of mulch at the base of the tree to help keep moisture in and weeds out.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Compost
  • Manure
  • Gravel
  • Mulch

References

  • Trees For Life: Juniper
Keywords: growing juniper, juniper trees, caring for juniper

About this Author

Melanie Hammontree is a member of the Society for Professional Journalists and has been writing since 2004. Works include publications with "Hall County Crime Examiner," "Player's Press" and "The Gainesville Times." Hammontree has a Master of Business and is working on a Master of Journalism from the University of Tennessee.