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Juniper Taylor

Juniper Taylor


Description: The 'Taylor' juniper is an evergreen conifer with a narrow, columnar shape and dense foliage. It features soft, scale-like leaves that are arranged in overlapping sprays, giving the plant a feathery texture. The foliage of 'Taylor' juniper has a blue-green color that may turn purplish in winter. This cultivar is dioecious, meaning male and female reproductive structures are borne on separate plants, with only female plants producing the characteristic bluish berries.

Size: The 'Taylor' juniper typically grows to a height of 15 to 20 feet (4.5 to 6 meters) and spreads of 3 to 5 feet (about 1 to 1.5 meters) at maturity. However, individual plants may vary in size depending on growing conditions, climate, and pruning practices. This cultivar has a narrow, upright growth habit, making it ideal for use as a vertical accent in landscapes or as a privacy screen or windbreak when planted in rows.

Best Growing Zones: The 'Taylor' juniper is best suited to regions with temperate climates and is commonly grown in USDA hardiness zones 3 through 9. It tolerates a wide range of growing conditions, including heat, cold, drought, and poor soil. 'Taylor' juniper is relatively adaptable and can thrive in various soil types, including sandy, loamy, or clay soils, as long as they are well-drained.

Soil and Sun Requirements: 'Taylor' juniper prefers well-drained soil with good fertility and adequate moisture retention. It thrives in full sun exposure, which is essential for promoting vigorous growth and maintaining its dense, compact form. Adequate sunlight also helps enhance the color and density of the foliage. 'Taylor' juniper is relatively drought-tolerant once established and requires minimal supplemental watering, especially in regions with hot, dry summers.

Maintenance: 'Taylor' juniper is a low-maintenance plant that requires minimal care to thrive. It is relatively pest and disease resistant and does not usually require chemical pesticides or fungicides. Prune 'Taylor' juniper plants as needed to remove dead or damaged branches and to maintain the desired shape and size. Avoid heavy pruning, as this can disrupt the natural form of the plant and reduce its aesthetic appeal.

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