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PlantFiles: Rocky Mountain Juniper
Juniperus scopulorum 'Moonglow'

Family: Cupressaceae (koo-press-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Juniperus (jew-NIP-er-us) (Info)
Species: scopulorum (skop-oo-LOR-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Moonglow

Synonym:Sabina scopulorum

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Pollen may cause allergic reaction

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Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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Gardeners' Notes:

Negative coriaceous On Mar 13, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

The upright cultivars of Rocky mountain juniper are ubiquitous in home landscapes in the East, because their blue color seduces box store shoppers. They're all short-lived plants here, and highly prone to snow and ice damage.

For a longer-lived, structurally stronger upright juniper, try a J. chinensis cultivar.

Positive MoriahCyr On Jun 24, 2007, MoriahCyr from Yakima, WA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Beautiful, Hardy tree. Wonderful icy-blue foliage that has a somewhat weeping characteristic. I obtained mine from a nursery a three years ago and planted it in very rocky (this area was once river bed) ground. It has done much better than anticipated. I have heard that these trees are often used as topiaries... haven't tried that, but am thinking about it as it is butting up against a fence now and has nowhere to go. It is beautiful though.

Neutral palmbob On Jan 15, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Don't know much about junipers, but there is a very happy healthy plant growing in Pasadena in the botanical gardens there and that's a 9b, so obviously the zone information needs to be updated on this species.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Folsom, California
Chicago, Illinois
Saint Louis, Missouri
Concord, North Carolina
Cleveland, Ohio
Lake Oswego, Oregon
Wallingford, Pennsylvania
Kaysville, Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
Mechanicsville, Virginia
Bainbridge Island, Washington

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