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Juniperus scopulorum

Rocky Mountain Juniper

Community: Semi-Desert

Brief Description

Sturdy evergreen braves dry climates with ease. Full details »
  • Interesting Feature Tree
  • Evergreen
  • Green-Blue Berries
  • Hardy Survivor

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Plant Description and Details

Found in many locales around the arid west, wild Rocky Mountain Juniper reaches 20 feet tall after many (80) years of growth in the desert. Its green-blue berries decorate the winter branches and give the birds a feast. The aromatic evergreen smell clears the mind and invites using the branches for decorating indoors and out. The form resembles conical Christmas tree, but often has several growing points. Wild trees reach 13-14' at age 40, but faster growth occurs with fertile soil and more water.
Common Names Rocky Mountain Juniper
Community Semi-Desert
Annual Water Needs Less than 10 inches
Drought Tolerant Yes
Native Range Open slopes, across the western U.S.
Native States CO, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY
Hardiness Down to Zone 4
Exposure Sun
Soil Preference Well Drained
Placement Windbreaks, hedges, feature trees, shrub plantings.
Mature Height 12 - 20 ft.
Mature Width 15 ft.
Group Spacing 5-10 ft.
Establishment Tips Water at planting and 2-3 times deeply the first summer.
Wildlife Birds
Wildlife Notes Ripe blue berries provide winter food for birds.
Plants Symbol JUSC2
Family Name Cupressaceae
Lewis & Clark Yes

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