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Juniperus Scopulorum Skyrocket, or Rocky Mountain Juniper Skyrocket, is an upright blue juniper conifer tree and commonly referred to as Juniper Sky Rocket. Juniperus Scopulorum Skyrocket, is an upright blue juniper conifer tree and commonly referred to as Juniper Sky Rocket. This popular evergreen, ornamental tree has a slender elegant shape and unusual, dense, steel blue foliage. It is easy to grow and likes most soil types. It prefers full sun and does not tolerate soggy ground. It works well as an evergreen screening tree in small town/city gardens as it is fairly slow growing and when mature will be around 5-6m.
Juniperus Scopulorum Skyrocket grows in a narrow, columnar shape. Its exceptionally slender columnar growth form resembles a rocket. It is the most slender, column-like or pencil shaped of all the juniper available for landscape uses, its fastigiate form adding valuable architectural interest to your landscape.
In terms of foliage, Juniperus Scopulorum Skyrocket is more of a grey or silvery-blue colour. It can grow to 5-6 metres high with a spread of 0.5-1.0 metres when mature, but it takes its time getting there, a relatively slow grower taking from 20 to as many as 50 years to reach ultimate growth.
Juniperus Scopulorum Skyrocket grows best in full sun, but will tolerate partial shade although this aspect is not ideal as it can produce less dense foliage. It will not tolerate soggy ground very well.
Rocky Mountain Juniper Skyrocket requires no specialized care after planting. It does not need pruning to maintain its eye-catching figure. However, it does benefit from an annual application of a general purpose fertilizer. Ideally, you should apply a slow release fertilizer in the early spring months before it produces new growth.
Once established Rocky Mountain Juniper Skyrocket forms a deep and diverse root system that makes it exceptionally drought tolerant. Unlike other conifers, it grows well in a wide array of soils such as clay, slightly alkaline, slightly acidic and compacted soils. It also tolerates salt spray and thrives in coastal regions. Juniperus Scopulorum Skyrocket can do well in either exposed or sheltered positions. Skyrocket is considered fully hardy across all of the UK and Ireland.
With its unique form Juniper Sky Rocket has many landscape benefits. The hardy conifer can be grouped together to form a hedge or privacy screen. It withstands high winds without breaking so makes an ideal windbreak. The conifer’s steel bluish grey colouration makes it an excellent garden focal point specimen. Many landscapers and gardening enthusiasts enjoy planting it on either side of a doorway, beside the corner of a building, or next to walkways to create a natural accent column. Skyrocket’s slender conical shape makes it well-suited to narrow side yards or other tight fitting urban landscape areas. When planting, space the shrub at least ½ to 2 meters apart to allow adequate growth room.
Juniperus Skyrocket’s long, slender shape is always an eye-catching plant in the landscape. Often best positioned with other strong shapes that might grow in more of a spreading or prostrate habit, the consistent colouration of the Juniper does best when placed in a larger garden space. Its colour is slightly brighter in the spring but develops to its characteristic silver blue for the balance of the year. Junipers are known for their rather abrasive leaves, so keep in mind that the foliage can cause skin irritation with sensitive individuals.
Juniper Skyrocket makes an attractive ornamental tree either on its own or surrounded by other similar plants. View our complete collection of Conifers...