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Grey Owl Redcedar

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Grey Owl Redcedar (Thuja occidentalis ‘Grey Owl’)An excellent massing or groundcover evergreen shrub, with dusty bluish-green fine-textured foliage, showy blue berries and a spreading, arching habit of growth, very adaptable but needs full sun

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
3 feet
Average Landscape Width:
6 feet
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Juniperus
Species:
virginiana
Cultivar:
Grey Owl
Summer Foliage Color:
gray
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
arching
Canopy:
leggy
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Evergreen:
1

Ornamental Features

Grey Owl Redcedar is a dwarf conifer which is primarily valued in the garden for its cascading habit of growth. It has attractive gray evergreen foliage. The scale-like sprays of foliage are highly ornamental and remain gray throughout the winter. It produces silvery blue berries from late spring to late winter.

Landscape Attributes

Grey Owl Redcedar is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a shapely form and gracefully arching branches. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

Planting & Growing

Grey Owl Redcedar will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species.

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