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Tree of the Week - May 2, 2005

Wichita, a popular Rocky Mountain Juniper varietyRocky Mountain Juniper

Juniperus scopulorum--Rocky Mountain Juniper 

Hardiness Zones: 3 to 7 
Height: 35 ft
Spread: 12 ft Form: pyramidal 
Type: narrow-leaved evergreen tree 
Annual Growth Rate: 12 to 18 inches 

Comments: This is a juniper that, as its name implies, is native to the Rocky Mountains. The growth habit and foliage color will vary with the cultivar. Rocky Mountain Juniper is one of the more cold tolerant junipers. 

'Greenspire' - A narrow, upright type with green foliage. 
'Moonglow' - Silvery blue foliage is displayed on a pyramidal form 15 feet tall and 8 feet wide. 
'Skyrocket' - A very, narrow, 15-foot upright form with silvery blue foliage. Usually remains 3' wide at maturity.
'Tolleson's Blue Weeping' - A cultivar with weeping branches. The plant will be 10 feet wide and has silvery gray foliage. 
'Tolleson's Green Weeping' - Same as blue weeping but with green foliage. 
'Wichita Blue' - A pyramidal form that can be 15 feet tall and 6 feet wide. The foliage is blue. 

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