Juniperus scopulorum 'Skyrocket'Item #5400 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9
Stately, columnar form makes this likely the narrowest juniper available - so narrow and upright, in fact, it resembles a skyrocket! A durable and versatile evergreen with beautiful bluish green foliage, it works well grouped to form a colorful screen, or singly as a garden accent in a mixture of conifers. Requires very little care, once established.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Quickly reaches 15 to 20 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:ju-NIP-er-usPlant type:ConiferDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:1 - 24, 26, 28, 31 - 43Growth habit:Columnar, NarrowGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Quickly reaches 15 to 20 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.Special features:Bird Friendly, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Road Salt, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Waterwise, Year-round InterestFoliage color:Blue-greenBlooms:Conifer; prized for foliage.Design IdeasThis thin columnar Juniper fits into very difficult places such as narrow side yards between homes. A super windbreak plant in both cold or hot climates. A hardy alternative to Italian Cypress in Mediterranean-inspired landscapes. Try planting in matched pairs or on four corners of a central courtyard. Makes a super vertical accent in mixed conifer gardens.Companion PlantsBarberry (Berberis); Rose (Rosa); Maiden Grass (Miscanthus); Catmint (Nepeta); Russian Sage (Perovskia)
- 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 & LoreLore:It should be noted that there is a difference of opinion among nurserymen and horticulturalists regarding the classification of the two species Juniperus virginiana and J. scopulorum. 'Blue Arrow' and 'Skyrocket' juniper 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.