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JUNIPERUS scopulorum 'Wichita Blue'

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Mark Kane

Family

Cupressaceae

Botanical Name

JUNIPERUS scopulorum 'Wichita Blue'

Plant Common Name

Rocky Mountain Juniper, Wichita Blue Juniper

General Description

This popular juniper cultivar is prized for its broadly-conical shape and bright, blue-gray foliage, which holds its color well throughout the winter. ‘Wichita Blue’ is a cultivar of Rocky Mountain juniper, a tough, North American evergreen that is well-adapted to cold winters and dry, rocky soils. It maintains its tidy form with little or no pruning, making it a carefree yet eye-catching addition to the landscape.

Growing best in full sun, Rocky Mountain junipers are adaptable to a range of soils, provided they are well-drained. The wide, pyramidal form of ‘Wichita Blue’ 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

    A2, A3, 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, Partial Sun

  • Height

    10'-15' / 3.0m - 4.6m

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, North America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Pyramidal

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Fruit Color

    Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Blue Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • 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, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No