Billings, Montana @ ZooMontana
Juniper - Wichita Blue
Catalogue A# 0098-039 WF7
GPS 45D 43' 46" N / 108D 37' 24" W
Juniperus scopuloram 'Wichita Blue'
Origin: Western North America,Eastern foothills Rocky Mountains
Common name: Wichita Blue Rocky Mountain Juniper
Location: Grove west of Wolf building
Number in accession: 7
Curator's note: Very healthy grove of trees
This 12 inch Juniper provides overall benefits of: $44 every year.
Tree or Plant Type: Shrub, Tree
Native Locale: North America
Landscape Uses: Hedge, Massing, Utility, Windbreak
Size Range: Small tree (15-25 feet), Compact tree (10-15 feet), Large shrub (more than 8 feet), Medium shrub (5-8 feet)
Light Exposure: Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
Hardiness Zones: Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Soil Preference: Acid soil, Alkaline soil
Season of Interest: Early winter, Mid winter, Late winter, Early spring, Mid spring, Late spring, Early summer, Mid summer, Late summer, Early fall, Mid fall, Late fall
Flower Color & Fragrance: Inconspicuous
Shape or Form: Irregular, Upright
Growth Rate: Slow
Size & Form
Low spreading shrub or tree. Size varies by cultivar, typically 5 to 10 feet high and 8 to 12 feet wide with ascending branches.
Tree & Plant Care
Prefers open, sunny locations in light, sandy to well-drained soils, pH adaptable.
Good tolerance to windy sites.
Do not prune into center dead zone.
Disease, pests, and problems
Susceptible to juniper blight, twig blight, cedar-apple-rust, scale mites, aphids, bagworms and many other insect and disease problems.
Disease, pests, and problem resistance
Tolerant of black walnut toxicity
The common juniper may be a shrub or small tree. This is one of the most commonly found junipers throughout the world. It's typically found in dry, rocky, wooded hillsides or exposed slopes. The oil from the fleshy cones is used as flavoring and to make gin.