Skyrocket Juniper


2-3 ft.



I. General Information

  • Common name: Skyrocket Juniper
  • Scientific name/Botanical name: Juniperus scopulorum ‘Skyrocket’
  • Family name: Cupressaceae
  • Type: Coniferous trees
  • Origin: Western North America
  • Growth Rate: Moderate
  • Species: J. scopulorum
  • Growing Zones: 4 to 7
  • Mature Height: 30 ft
  • Mature Width: 12 ft
  • Sunlight: Full to partial sun
  • Uses: Skyrocket junipers make appropriate screening or hedge plants. If you want to attract birds to your landscape, plant a Skyrocket juniper and watch the birds flock to eat its blue berries.

III. Identification

  • Color: Blue-green
  • Flower color: Conifer; prized for foliage

III. Description

This is perhaps the most popular upright landscape juniper, forming a narrow column of tight branches carrying silvery blue foliage.

Slow-growing, round-crowned conifer. H 30ft (10m), W 12ft (4m). Reddish-brown bark is furrowed into strips or squares and peels on branches. Scalelike, aromatic leaves are gray-green to dark green. Bears globose, fleshy, blue berries.

IV. Planting & Care

You’ll find the Juniper Skyrocket to be a majestic columnar evergreen to be easy to grow and maintain. A drought tolerant specimen, it adapts well to a variety of soil conditions making it a versatile choice for landscapers throughout a diversity of regions.

Location: Plant your Juniper Skyrocket in a location that receives partial sun, full sun if possible to promote faster growth. Soil preference is not an issue with this variety, so long as the soil is not continuously wet.

Planting Instructions:
1) Choose a location that gets six hours or more of direct sun each day.
2) Dig the hole twice the width of the root ball and deep enough for the soil line around the trunk of the tree so that it sits even with the surface of the surrounding ground.
3) If the soil is clay and doesn’t drain well, place a layer of gravel at the base of the hole. Next, mix in a large amount of gravel with the soil adding compost and mix it into the soil you removed to dig the hole.
4) Loosen the long roots by hand around the bottom of the tree. Carefully set the Skyrocket into the hole and fill it back in with the soil and compost mix.
5) Tamp the ground around the Skyrocket by hand to remove any air pockets that may have formed in the soil.


Watering:  A thorough watering once a week will help keep the soil properly moist. Water the tree regularly for the first two years of growth. This will help the tree’s roots system develop and increase the tree’s drought tolerance. Spread a good layer of mulch around the base of the tree.

Pruning: Though the Skyrocket can tolerate pruning, the tree actually looks best when allowed to grow and assume its natural shape.

Fertilization: Use a granulated fertilizer specifically formulated for evergreens.  Apply once in the early spring in accordance with the package directions.

Pests:  Insects commonly known to pester skyrockets include bagworm caterpillars, juniper scale, juniper webworm and spider mites. For bagwormand webworm control, simply inspect the tree and remove by hand when present. Insecticides typically don’t work to control these pests. For scale, a systemic insecticide can be applied during the growing season. A dormant oil can also be applied in the winter. In the instance of mites, treat with a miticide.

*Skyrockets work great as a screen when planted in narrow side yards between homes.
*Makes a terrific windbreak plant in a wide spectrum of climates.
*For Mediterranean-inspired landscapes in colder climates, use Skyrocket instead of Italian Cypress for a hardy alternative.
*Plant this juniper in matched pairs or on four corners of a central courtyard.



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