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Wichita Blue Juniper

The Wichita Blue Juniper is a broad, pyramid shaped evergreen shrub that can be used in a variety of positions in the yard. The silver blue foliage provides year round interest, but needs a sunny place to thrive.

It is an average size, reaching heights of up to 15 feet. Be sure you give it enough space to grow to its potential. This is a cultivar of the Rocky Mountain juniper, which is native to North America.

It is well suited for dry rocky soils and cold winters. Pruning is not necessary to keep this plant in check. Tiny black berries appear annually.

The foliage is blue in the spring, turning to a blue green the rest of the year. The bark has a rough texture.

Landscape Ideas

Use Wichita Blue Juniper anywhere you have a lot of excess empty space. This hardy reliable plant works well as a living screen or as a hedge or windbreak. The dense foliage does a good job in shielding you from a bad view, the wind or from nosy neighbors.

It makes a spectacular specimen plant in the middle of the lawn or in a planting with groundcover and other contrasting plants. It makes a lovely corner piece.

You can use it to add vertical interest along a fence or wall. Plant it with a mimosa or pepper tree for visual contrast. The boughs can be added to holiday wreaths for a nice color. This shrub is suitable for xeriscaping.

Planting and Care Tips

Wichita Blue Juniper should be planted in a sunny spot. Full sun is its preferred lighting. It isn't too fussy about soil and will happily live anywhere that isn't too wet. This shrub is drought tolerant once established.

Pruning is only necessary to preserve a trim pyramidal shape, removing a dead branch or if you want a more formal hedge. Height may also be managed through judicious pruning. This juniper is resistant to damage from deer, rabbits and other wildlife. It attracts birds due to the berries it produces.

Juniper Information

  • Scientific Name: Juniperus scopulorum 'Wichita Blue'

  • Best Soil: Adaptable from sandy to clay

  • Light: Full sun

  • Growth Rate: Fast

  • Foliage: Evergreen; silver blue

  • Mature Size and Shape: Grows to 20 to 15 feet tall and 4 to 6 feet wide in a pyramidal shape

  • Pruning: Annual shearing helps preserve the pyramidal shape

  • Watering: Drought tolerant once established

  • Hardiness Zone: 3 - 7

  • Spacing: Plant 4 to 6 feet apart for hedges

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