Juniperus scopulorum

  • BOTANICAL NAME: Juniperus scopulorum
  • PRONUNCIATION: ju–NIP–er–us  scaup–u–LOR-um
  • COMMON NAME: Colorado Redcedar
  • FAMILY: Cupressaceae
  • NATIVITY: Native to the western United States.
  • GROWTH HABIT: Medium-sized tree with a narrow pyramidal to nearly columnar habit.
  • SIZE: 30 - 40'.
  • HARDINESS: Zone 3 - 7.
  • CULTURE: Plants grow on poor, rocky soil in their native range. Best growth can be obtained when plant is located in full sun and in well-drained soils.
  • LANDSCAPE USE: Most commonly used for its narrow habit and blue foliage as a specimen plant, hedge, screen or dwarf cultivars in mass.
  • FOLIAGE: Leaves opposite, typically scalelike and tightly appressed. Leaves may become needlelike on the inside of the plant or in shaded conditions. Leaves may be green in color, although typically they appear bluish due to the glaucous foliage.
  • BUDS:  No obvious buds.
  • BARK: Reddish brown in color. Young stems are slender and stiff but not distinctly four-sided.
  • CONES: Cones nearly spherical, about 1/3”. Dark blue to black with waxy bloom on female cones.
  • PROPAGATION: Seed, cuttings, or grafted for cultivars.
  • PESTS: None serious.
    • Silver King’:  Low, broad plant 2’ tall with bluish foliage.
    • ‘Skyrocket’:   Possibly the narrowest of all landscape conifers. A 12’ tall plant is only 8” wide.  
    • ‘Wichita Blue’: Conical-upright form with distinctly blue foliage.






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