Wichita Blue Juniper
Wichita Blue Juniper
Juniperus scopulorum 'Wichita Blue'Item #5330 USDA Hardiness Zone: 3 - 7
The handsome, broadly pyramidal form makes this an excellent choice for an evergreen screen, hedge, background plant, or lawn specimen. The bright silver-blue foliage retains its brilliant color year-round.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 10 to 15 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:ju-NIP-er-us skop-u-LO-rumPlant type:ConiferDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:PyramidalGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 10 to 15 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.Special features:Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Road Salt, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Waterwise, Year-round InterestFoliage color:Silver-blueBlooms:Conifer; prized for foliage.Design IdeasGive this robust silver-blue Juniper lots of space. It is a rugged and reliable plant for large-scale screening, massive hedges and windbreaks. Also works well as a single specimen in lawns or in conjunction with other groundcovers. Use as a corner element streetside or to interrupt long fence lines.Companion PlantsBarberry (Berberis); Rose (Rosa); Catmint (Nepeta); Russian Sage (Perovskia); Maiden Grass (Miscanthus)
- CareCare InformationEasily grown in a wide range of soils, including clay, alkaline and compacted soils; avoid overly wet conditions. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates moderate drought. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:Juniper scopulorum, commonly called Colorado red cedar or Western redcedar, is native to the Rocky Mountains and highly valued for its vigor, cold hardiness, and resistance to disease and pests. Its range extends from the mountains of Alberta, Canada to Texas, and British Columbia south to Arizona. In the Rockies, it is typically found in dry, rocky, foothills above 5000 feet in elevation. Similar in appearance to eastern red cedar (J. virginiana), it may hybridize with it if grown in the same area.