Juniperus scopulorum 'Wichita Blue'
juniper has absolutely brilliant foliage. It is an awesome silvery blue
color....almost bluish white. Has a nice, neat, very dense pyramidal
growth habit. Looks great when used as a border/privacy screen - or
when group planted for a serious color contrast. A real attention
getter no matter where you plant them. Likes full sun, but will
tolerate some shade. Fertile, well drained soil is a must with this variety. Not as fast growing as several other commonly used upright juniper varieties, but if you don't mind waiting just a bit longer for them to reach maturity the color is amazing!!
Particularly well suited for dry arid, low humidity areas of the country.
Plant Facts & Specifications
Mature Height: 12-15 ft
Mature Width: 4-6 ft
Growth rate: Moderate ( 4"-8" avg per yr )
Hardiness Zones: 4-9 ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone finder below )
Sun Exposure: Full
will tolerate some partial shade as well.
Sometimes has trouble dealing with high heat & humidity, as well as
high night time temperatures.
Soil Preference: Average
slightly acidic & sandy - well drained. Regular mulchings are very beneficial.
Foliage Color & Texture: Foliage
is a very attractive silver / blue - color darkens slightly during the winter months.
Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts: None to mention
Diseases / Insects:
blight, canker, and Cedar Apple Rust have all been spotted on this
variety....as is the case with most any J. scopulorum varieties.
Regular yearly inspections are recommended to monitor any possible
problems. The occurrence of both Phomopsis, and canker can be more
prevalent if conditions are overly moist / wet.
Fertilization / Feeding: Either
water soluble ( Miracle Gro, or equivalent ), or granular ( Holly Tone
is excellent ). Other granular types with 6-12-12, or 10-10-10 ratio is
acceptable. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall -
avoid feeding during hot summer months, and directly after
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