Skyrocket Juniper - Male or Female - Knowledgebase Question

Sacramento, CA
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Question by Jenny_Bosick
December 29, 2006
Is the skyrocket juniper a female plant? I believe so because the website says it is fruit bearing, but I would like to confirm this. I have allergy problems and cannot plant male junipers. Therefore, if skyrocket is male, can you provide the name of a female alternative? Thank you.

Answer from NGA
December 29, 2006
Skyrocket juniper is considered monoecious (having both male and female flowers on the same plant). Junipers can be either monoecious or dioecious but determining which is which is difficult because they are grown from cuttings and will be a clone of their parent. Normally the berry production is not a deciding factor in junipers; mostly they are chosen for their shape, size or color and then propagated for those reasons, not for their ability to produce berries. For that reason, they are generally not identified as male or female. However, Skyrocket will produce both male and female flowers. Hope this information is helpful.

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