Rocky Mountain Juniper

juniperus scopulorum

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Wichita Blue Juniper is an exceptionally blue variety of Rocky Mountain Juniper (Juniperus scopulorum) that makes an excellent low hedge or border, especially in more arid climates. Wichita Blue is adaptable to a wide range of soils, but grows best in dry, sandy soils with good drainage. This juniper is native to the Rocky Mountain region, where it can be found from Alberta down to Texas, as well as in other mountainous areas from British Columbia to the Southwest.

Wichita Blue Juniper makes a striking, powder-blue hedge.


Wichita Blue Juniper makes a striking, powder-blue hedge.


Wichita Blue Juniper makes a striking, powder-blue hedge.

Quick Guide

Wichita Blue Juniper Growing Region
  • Bright, powder blue foliage that persists all year
  • Deer resistant
  • Cold and drought tolerant
  • Wichita Blue Juniper makes a stunning low hedge or privacy hedge

Juniperus scopulorum Details

In its native habitat, Rocky Mountain Juniper is often found in rocky high altitude foothills, so it can tolerate fairly extreme climates. Typically, Rocky Mountain Juniper takes a wide pyramidal shape, has a distinctive shedding red-brown bark and has deep green needles on thin, sinewy branches. In the wild, the tree can grow up to 50 feet tall and 20 feet wide. Wichita Blue is a variety with bright blue foliage and a slower growth rate. A mature size, without pruning, would be 10' tall by 6' wide. With pruning as a hedge, you could keep it anywhere from 6-12' tall over the long run.
Deer Resistance:Yes
Your Hardiness Zone:

Sunset Heat Zones:1 - 24
USDA Hardiness Zones:4 - 7
Watering Requirements:Moderate
Growth Rate:Moderate
Mature Size:Up to 10’ height and 6’ width
Sun/Shade:Full Sun
Drought Tolerance:Moderate
Pest/Disease Issues:
No serious insect or disease problems. Phomopsis twig blight, cedar-apple, root rot, aphids, bagworms, twig borers, webworms, scale, and spider mites are all possible.

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