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Rocky Mountain Juniper, Rocky Mountain Red Cedar, Mountain Red Cedar, Colorado Red Cedar, Western Red Cedar, River Juniper, Western Juniper, Cedro Rojo
Juniperus scopulorum


Rocky mountain juniper grows high in the mountains in west Texas but also at lower elevations farther north in the Panhandle. It resembles eastern red cedar, especially with its similar shredding bark. However, it differs by its light bluish-green foliage and larger fruit that takes two years to mature. It is tough, durable and drought tolerant as long as it has sun and good drainage.

Plant Habit or Use: large shrub small tree

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: small cone

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: dark blue cones

Height: to 50 ft.

Width: to 30 ft.

Plant Character: evergreen

Heat Tolerance: high medium

Water Requirements: low

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 3

Additional Comments: A large grove of over 100 ft. trees occurs in Palo Duro Canyon,

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