High Desert Plant Finder & Guide
Juniperus scopulorum 'Skyrocket'
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Height: 15 feet
Spread: 24 inches
Hardiness Zone: 3
Other Names: Colorado Redcedar
An extremely narrow, rigid tall evergreen shrub, with soft blue-green needle-like foliage all season long; creates a formal tall evergreen hedge when planted in a row
Skyrocket Juniper has attractive powder blue foliage. The scale-like leaves are highly ornamental and remain powder blue throughout the winter. It produces silvery blue berries from late spring to late winter. The flowers are not ornamentally significant.
Skyrocket Juniper is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.
This is a high maintenance shrub that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Skyrocket Juniper is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Vertical Accent
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Skyrocket Juniper will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.
This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.
Please note: Our Plant Guide is all about plants that will work in the high desert. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a current list of plants in stock on hand at each location or at our farm. We purposely do not sell or ship plants via the internet. Plant questions and availability are best determined in-store.