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Rocky Mountain Juniper (Juniperus scopulorum)

  • Rocky Mountain Juniper (Juniperus Scopulorum) https://www.sagebud.com/rocky-mountain-juniper-juniperus-scopulorum/
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  • Rocky Mountain Juniper (Juniperus Scopulorum) https://www.sagebud.com/rocky-mountain-juniper-juniperus-scopulorum/
    Credit: USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Herman, D.E. et al. 1996. North Dakota tree handbook. USDA NRCS ND State Soil Conservation Committee; NDSU Extension and Western Area Power Admin., Bismarck, ND. | [1] | License: PD USDA
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  • Rocky Mountain Juniper (Juniperus Scopulorum) https://www.sagebud.com/rocky-mountain-juniper-juniperus-scopulorum/
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  • Rocky Mountain Juniper (Juniperus Scopulorum) https://www.sagebud.com/rocky-mountain-juniper-juniperus-scopulorum/
    Credit: USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Herman, D.E. et al. 1996. North Dakota tree handbook. USDA NRCS ND State Soil Conservation Committee; NDSU Extension and Western Area Power Admin., Bismarck, ND. | [1] | License: PD USDA
  • Rocky Mountain Juniper (Juniperus Scopulorum) https://www.sagebud.com/rocky-mountain-juniper-juniperus-scopulorum/
    Credit: USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Herman, D.E. et al. 1996. North Dakota tree handbook. USDA NRCS ND State Soil Conservation Committee; NDSU Extension and Western Area Power Admin., Bismarck, ND. | [1] | License: PD USDA
  • Rocky Mountain Juniper (Juniperus Scopulorum) https://www.sagebud.com/rocky-mountain-juniper-juniperus-scopulorum/
    Credit: USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Herman, D.E. et al. 1996. North Dakota tree handbook. USDA NRCS ND State Soil Conservation Committee; NDSU Extension and Western Area Power Admin., Bismarck, ND. | [1] | License: PD USDA
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Juniperus Scopulorum, or more commonly know as Rocky Mountain Juniper, is a tree shrub with green foliage and yellow flowers of the genus Juniperus. It has a slow growth rate and a height of 50 feet at maturity. Its duration is perennial which means it will grow year after year. It's active growth period is spring and summer, blooms during early spring and is intolerant of shade. Juniperus Scopulorum or Rocky Mountain Juniper's floral region is North America US Lower 48, specifically in the states of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

  • Category: Gymnosperm
  • Genus: Juniperus
  • Family: Cupressaceae
  • Order: Pinales
  • Class: Pinopsida
  • Division: Coniferophyta
  • Duration: Perennial
  • Growth Habit: Tree Shrub
  • Native Status: L48 (N) CAN (N)
  • State T/E Status: NV (CY)
  • State T/E Common Name: NV (Rocky Mountain juniper)
  • Active Growth Period: Spring and Summer
  • Allelopath: No
  • Bloat: None
  • C:N Ratio: High
  • Coppice Potential: No
  • Fall Conspicuous: No
  • Fire Resistance: No
  • Flower Color: Yellow
  • Flower Conspicuous: No
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Foliage Porosity Summer: Dense
  • Foliage Porosity Winter: Dense
  • Foliage Texture: Medium
  • Fruit/Seed Color: Blue
  • Fruit/Seed Conspicuous: Yes
  • Growth Form: Stoloniferous
  • Growth Rate: Slow
  • Height at 20 Years Maximum (feet): 25
  • Height Mature (feet): 50
  • Leaf Retention: Yes
  • Lifespan: Long
  • Low Growing Grass: No
  • Resprout Ability: No
  • Shape and Orientation: Erect
  • Toxicity: None
  • Adapted to Coarse Textured Soils: Yes
  • Adapted to Fine Textured Soils: No
  • Adapted to Medium Textured Soils: Yes
  • Anaerobic Tolerance: None
  • CaCO3 Tolerance: High
  • Cold Stratification Required: Yes
  • Drought Tolerance: High
  • Fertility Requirement: Low
  • Fire Tolerance: Low
  • Frost Free Days Minimum: 120
  • Hedge Tolerance: Medium
  • Moisture Use: Low
  • pH (Minimum): 5
  • pH (Maximum): 8.5
  • Planting Density per Acre Minimum: 300
  • Planting Density per Acre Maximum: 1200
  • Precipitation (Minimum): 9
  • Precipitation (Maximum): 26
  • Root Depth Minimum (inches): 20
  • Salinity Tolerance: Low
  • Shade Tolerance: Intolerant
  • Temperature Minimum (°F): -38
  • Bloom Period: Early Spring
  • Commercial Availability: Routinely Available
  • Fruit/Seed Abundance: High
  • Fruit/Seed Period Begin: Fall
  • Fruit/Seed Period End: Winter
  • Fruit/Seed Persistence: Yes
  • Propagated by Bare Root: Yes
  • Propagated by Bulbs: No
  • Propagated by Container: Yes
  • Propagated by Corms: No
  • Propagated by Cuttings: Yes
  • Propagated by Seed: Yes
  • Propagated by Sod: No
  • Propagated by Sprigs: No
  • Propagated by Tubers: No
  • Seed per Pound: 30400
  • Seed Spread Rate: Slow
  • Seedling Vigor: Low
  • Small Grain: No
  • Vegetative Spread Rate: None





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