Juniperus scopulorum Cupressaceae
Rocky Mountain Juniper ju-NIP-er-us skop-u-LO-rum
- Conifer, evergreen, tree, 30-40 ft (9-12 m) high, narrow, pyramidal, often with several main stems. Leaves scale-like, tightly appressed, dark or light bluish green.
- Sun. Can withstand drought. Used in bonsai.
- Hardy USDA Zone 3 Found on dry, rocky rides of the eastern Rocky Mountains from Alberta to Texas, westward to British Columbia and eastern Oregon (in the Wallowas).
Many cultivars, both upright and low growing forms, including:
- Blue CreeperTM (Monam, PP 5084) - low growing, mounding to 2 ft (0.6 m) high, spreads 6-8 ft (1.8-2.4 m), blue foliage intensifies its coloring in winter.
- Cologreen - upright and narrow, 20 × 6 ft (6 × 1.6 m), foliage always green.
- Gray Gleam - slow growing, dense, columnar, finally to 15 × 6 ft (4.6 × 1.8 m), silver-gray foliage.
- Medora - narrow, columnar, dense, 10-15 ft × 5 ft (3-4.5 × 1.5 m), bluish-green foliage, male.
- Pathfinder - broad, open, pyramidal, to 15-20 ft (4.5-6 m) tall, bluish-green even in winter, foliage in flat sprays.
- Skyrocket - now classified as a form of Juniperus virginiana, Eastern redcedar.
- Snow Flurries - narrow shrub, 6 ft (1.8 m) high, 1 ft
(30 m) wide in 10 years, columnar to fastigiate, blue foliage with cream white spots.
- Tabletop (syn. Table Top Blue) - low growing, flat topped, to 6 ft (1.8 m) high, 12 ft (3.7 m) wide, silver-blue foliage, female.
- Tolleson's Blue Weeping - weeping form, drooping branchlets with bluish foliage, 20 × 10 ft (3 × 6 m).
- Tolleson's Green Weeping - similar to the above, but foliage is dark green.
- Wichita Blue - broad, pyramidal, irregular loose habit, 18 × 6-8 ft (5.5 × 1.8-2.4 m), bright blue foliage, male.
- scopulorum: growing on cliffs.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: east of the Seed Lab on Campus Way.