Rocky Mountain Juniper

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The rugged and highly adaptable Rocky Mountain Juniper (Juniperus scopulorum) is a western version of the Eastern Red Cedar, thriving in coastal and mountainous areas throughout the Pacific coast. Going by other common names like the Colorado Red Cedar, Western Red Cedar, River Juniper, and Rocky Mountain Red Cedar, these fluffy rounded, pyramidal trees are incredibly easy to grow!

Hardy natives that feature scale-like foliage that varies because of the native genetics, ranging from light green to blueish and dark blue-green, are often accented by dark-blue glaucous berries! If you can see it through the dense branching, the shaggy reddish-brown to gray bark looks shredded and exfoliates in thin strips as the tree ages.

Graceful ornamentals, these are highly aromatic plants! Their wood is favored for cedar chests, lumbar, and rot-resistant fence posts! Rocky Mountain Junipers are wonderfully hardy throughout USDA hardiness zones 3 to 7, these Coniferous Evergreens can reach 30-40 feet in height or more in optimal conditions and have a varying width of 3 to 15 feet wide.

Planting and Application:

Wildlife loves the berries and roosting in the compact shelter the dense limbs provide! Create naturalized groupings and hedgerows that not only attract wildlife but also provide you with screening, privacy, windbreaks, shelterbelts, snow barriers, and even blocking out sound!

Rocky Mountain Junipers are also prominent specimens and focal points, adding year-round greenery or blue-greenery to your landscape throughout the year! Create a front yard berm with one of these large and easy-to-grow trees will become easy accents that the songbirds will love!

Include these evergreens in your mixed shrub borders as landscape definition and backdrops, or to add a pop of color while sculpting the winter snow! The rugged love of rocky and sandy soil means Rock Gardens gain a big evergreen boost. Native plantings and xeric sites gain a drought-tolerant specimen!

  • Green to Blue-Green Scale-Like Needles
  • Bird-Friendly Dark Blue Berries on Female Plants
  • Easy to Grow Mid-Sized Dense Trees
  • Red-Brown Shredding Bark
  • Hedges, Windbreaks, Wildlife & Hardy Native Specimens

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Junipers are incredibly rugged! Best in full sun, these plants grow in nearly any kind of soil as long as it is well-drained! Provide regular moisture during their first year in your garden, but once established, Junipers become drought-tolerant and even handle salt spray and high humidity!

Slow-growing but also low maintenance, deer and many typical pests steer clear of these trees. If needed, prune in the early spring, but Rocky Mountain Junipers look best when allowed to grow in their natural form with their limbs all the way to the ground. In areas with drying northern winds, provide your trees with an anti-desiccant and deep winter waterings to prepare them for winter.

  • Full Sun
  • Moderate to Low Moisture Needs
  • Highly Adaptable To All Kinds of Well-Drained Soil
  • Prune in Early Spring If Needed
  • Deer & Pest Resistant

You need a native fashion show in your garden! The Rocky Mountain Junipers are incredible additions to your landscape and won't demand much in return. Order yours today at Nature Hills Nursery!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Rocky Mountain Juniper Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-7
Growing Zones 3-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Juniperus scopulorm
Type Evergreen
Mature Height 30 - 40 feet
Mature Spread 6 - 10 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Slow
Foliage Evergreen
Foliage Color Blue Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Early Spring