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JUNIPERUS scopulorum 'Gray Gleam'

Image of Juniperus scopulorum 'Gray Gleam'

James H. Schutte

Family

Cupressaceae

Botanical Name

JUNIPERUS scopulorum 'Gray Gleam'

Plant Common Name

Gray Gleam Rocky Mountain Juniper, Rocky Mountain Juniper

General Description

This handsome juniper forms a column of gray-green foliage that turns blue in the cold, giving it a striking appearance in winter. A slow-growing cultivar, ‘Gray Gleam’ retains the rugged strength and resilience of its parent, Rocky Mountain juniper, making it well-suited to dry, cold climates and rocky soils.

Growing best in full sun, Rocky Mountain junipers are adaptable to a range of soils, provided they are well-drained. The columnar form of ‘Gray Gleam’ makes it a fine choice for privacy screens and windbreaks. It is also terrific for adding structure, vertical interest and year-round beauty to waterwise plantings and rock gardens.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Needled or Scaled Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    0'-15' / 0.0m - 4.6m

  • Width

    5'-7' / 1.5m - 2.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, North America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Pyramidal

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Fruit Color

    Blue

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Olive, Gray Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Exfoliating

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Rock Garden / Wall, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No