Upright junipers tend to be underused and overlooked in new designs and installations in the Midwest. Why is that? Do they get a bad rap because of their overuse in outdated landscapes? Or their less then flashy presence at a nursery? While it may be true that junipers don't have eye catching characteristics like the structure of an Acrocona Norway Spruce or the texture of a Dwarf Hinioki Falsecypress, what they do offer is something every designer should consider - background. Upright junipers are amazing at providing privacy and walls, assisting the focal points by offering a backdrop. While not too flashy or eager to be center of attention, they do what they are told: stay. Stay alive.
Presenting Doty Nurseries' 2016 Upright Juniper lineup:
Fairview Juniper: A strong upright juniper, this evergreen works well as a tall narrow evergreen screen.
Hooks #6 Juniper: A low maintenance evergreen which needs little pruning to maintain its dense pyramidal shape. The spike-like branching provides distinctive texture and is a good choice for use in a group or hedge.
Iowa Juniper: This evergreen has a loose pyramidal habit with irregular branching. Awl-shaped and scale-like blue-green foliage maintains its density as it matures.
Mountbatten Juniper: A tree with a large, full and natural pyramidal form, it works well as a specimen, in groups or in a large hedge.
Burkii Juniper: A native juniper with light, soft blue branches, this tree forms a broad, mounding pyramid when left unsheared.
Canaerti Juniper: A native juniper which opens up with age, becoming more picturesque with time. This juniper is also notable for its abundant, bright blue berries.
Hillspire Juniper: This native species has a loose pyramidal form and cypress-like greenish foliage which maintains its color throughout the year.
Silver Cedar (Glauca) Juniper: A good choice for natural looking specimens or for hedge screenings, this evergreen is known for its