• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 12 to 15 ft. tall, only 2 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Narrow, Columnar Conifer
    Conifer; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:ju-NIP-er-us skop-u-LO-rum
    Plant type:Shrub, Conifer
    Growth habit:Narrow
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 12 to 15 ft. tall, only 2 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Blue-green
    Blooms:Conifer; prized for foliage.
    Design IdeasThis outstanding columnar form is the Italian Cypress of colder climates for lending a decidedly formal or Mediterranean character to gardens.. Plant as a hedge for tall narrow privacy screen. A beautiful dark green background for beds and borders. Use a matched pair to flank art, fountain or gateway. A popular candidate in small irregular groups soften corners and highlight entries in foundation planting. Produces an exceptional dark background for brightly colored accent shrubs and garden art.
    Companion PlantsBarberry (Berberis); Rose (Rosa); Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina); Catmint (Nepeta); Russian Sage (Perovskia); Maiden Grass (Miscanthus)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Easily grown in a wide range of soils, including clay, alkaline and compacted soils; avoid wet, soggy soils. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency, once established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    Blue Arrow, considered an improved form of popular Skyrocket Juniper, was developed by Pine Grove Nurseries, PA, introduced in 1949. It should be noted that there is a difference of opinion among nurserymen and horticulturalists regarding the classification of virginiana and scopulorum. 'Blue Arrow' and 'Skyrocket' are two of several cultivars classified as J. scopulorum, but often classified under J. virginiana. Proper classification is likely Juniperus scopulorum. Juniper scopulorum, or Western Redcedar, is highly valued for its vigor, cold hardiness, and resistance to disease and pests.
    Juniper berries are the source of flavoring in gin. Its foliage and wood also contain rich volatile oils that make these plants resistant to decay and nearly drought proof. Juniper scopulorum, or Western Redcedar is prized for its reddish-brown and aromatic heartwood that is commonly used for cedar chests and closets because it repels insects. The wood is also used for interior finish, fence posts, poles and pencils.


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