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JUNIPERUS scopulorum 'Welchii'

Image of Juniperus scopulorum 'Welchii'

Mark A. Miller

Family

Cupressaceae

Botanical Name

JUNIPERUS scopulorum 'Welchii'

Plant Common Name

Rocky Mountain Juniper, Welchii Rocky Mountain Juniper

General Description

This older cultivar of Rocky Mountain juniper forms a tall, narrow pyramid of feathery, gray-blue foliage which becomes more intensely-colored with age. Retaining the strength and resilience of its parent, ‘Welchii’ is well-adapted to dry, cold climates and poor, rocky soils. It maintains its symmetrical form with little or no pruning, adding a carefree yet dramatic touch to the landscape.

Growing best in full sun, Rocky Mountain junipers are adaptable to a range of soils, provided they are well-drained. The statuesque form of ‘Welchii’ 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 landscapes and 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

    10'-15' / 3.0m - 4.6m

  • Width

    3'-5' / 0.9m - 1.5m

  • 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

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Pyramidal

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    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

    Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No