The Q&A Archives: Juniper In Zone 5

Question: I want to plant a Manhattan Blue Juniper in zone 5 on a site that gets a lot of wind, will it do good here? This site is full sun in the summer and part sun in the winter. Also do you know of a good source for such a Juniper? When I call the local garden centers and ask for a Manhattan Blue Juniper, they don't know what I'm talking about.

Answer: Junipers require lots of sun and are very wind tolerant, so this is probably a good choice as long as the soil is well drained and not soggy in that location. Unfortunately, I am not familiar with a Manhattan Blue juniper, either. Juniperus virginiana "Manhattan Blue" is described as being compact and pyramidal and blue-toned and growing to roughly 25 feet but it may not be common in the trade. Since there are hundreds of varieties of juniper available, there should be several that would suit your location in terms of size and shape. J. virginiana "Glauca" might be a good substitute as might J. scopularum "Wichita Blue" which is widely available. You might try asking the garden centers what they have that would meet your criteria rather than asking for a specific variety.

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