Rocky Mountain Juniper is the western counterpart to the Eastern Redcedar (Juniperus virginiana). Common throughout much of the Western US, J. scopulorum is found in the Texas Panhandle and Guadalupe Mountains. Although similar to J. virginiana, J. scopulorum is somewhat smaller, tends to be have a more multiple stem habit, and may be more narrowly upright in some populations. It serves similar purposes in western landscapes as Eastern Redcedar serves in eastern and central U.S. landscapes.
Plant Habit or Use:
Shrub, medium shrub, large shrub, upright conifer, tree, small tree, medium tree, topiary
Regions that intersect these hardiness zones: Region A - Panhandle and High Plains• Region B - North and Central Texas• Region C - Northeast and East Texas• Region D - West Texas• Region E - Upper Rio Grande• Region F - Hill Country and Central Coast• Region G - Southeast Texas
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Juniper blight, spider mites, bagworms, cedar-apple rust, and root rots on poorly drained soils can be problems in the landscape.
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A Special Note about Cool Season Annuals
Cool season annuals typically are planted in the fall or early winter and flower in early spring under moderate temperatures. This group of plant materials includes: pansies,
snapdragons, violas, dianthus, flowering cabbage/kale, etc. Because cool season annuals flower in the spring when conditions are mild, most have limited heat tolerance.
As a result cool season annuals do not receive a high Earth–Kind® index despite their outstanding landscape qualities.