General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: 10 - 15 feet but over time may attain heights to 30 feet.
Plant Spread: 4 - 6 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Blue-gray
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Wind

Common names
  • Rocky Mountain Juniper
  • Welch Juniper
  • Rocky Mountain Cedar

Photo Gallery
Location: Cantigny Gardens in Wheaton, Illinois
Date: summer in the 1980's
two blue foliaged specimens in front
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Date: 2021-07-14
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Date: 2021-07-14
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Sep 2, 2019 11:47 AM concerning plant:
    I occasionally would see a Wichita Blue Rocky Mountain Juniper planted in a yard or landscape in the Chicago, Illinois area in the 1980's and 1990's. It has a very narrow pyramidal form and rather silver-blue foliage.

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