Juniperus scopulorum

Rocky Mountain Juniper

The Rocky Mountain Juniper is an ideal shrub for a low hedge or border, especially in more arid climates. The tree is adaptable to a wide range of soils, but grows best in dry, sandy soils with strong drainage. This juniper gets its common name from its native 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.

In this native habitat, the tree 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.


Deer Resistance: No
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.