University of Maryland Extension: Plant of the Week
Juniperus scopulorum ‘Skyrocket’
Text and photo by Debbie Ricigliano
Sometimes you are looking for a plant that fits a very specific space in your landscape plan. Skyrocket juniper fits the bill when you are looking for a tall, narrow evergreen tree.
Maximum size is 15 to 20 feet tall and only 2 to 3 feet wide. Vertical stems with silvery-blue needles form a column of tight branches.
This upright juniper can be planted as a vertical specimen in a mixed conifer garden, used as a screening plant for tight quarters, or even incorporated into a foundation planting. Its relatively small size also makes it a candidate for large containers.
Once established, this juniper tolerates droughts very well and adapts to a wide range of soil conditions. It prefers to be planted in full sun.
Skyrocket juniper is a low-maintenance plant that requires no pruning and when sited properly makes an excellent accent plant.