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Juniper 'Wichita Blue'

Juniperus scopulorum 'Wichita'

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Growing Zones: 3-7
(hardy down to -30℉)

Growing Zones 3-7
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Mature Height:

15-25 ft.

Mature Width:

6-8 ft.


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4-5 ft.

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Botanical Name:

Juniperus scopulorum 'Wichita'

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Beautiful Bluish-Gray Color All Year Long

Dense foliage shields you from nosy neighbors or a poor view, and makes a very effective windbreak!
Thick and full, this moderately sized Juniper creates an impenetrable screen or windbreak, but is short enough to not interfere with power lines. A row will add vertical interest along a fence, and it makes an ideal backdrop to show off your perennials and flowering shrubs. And you can snip a few branches for Christmas greenery to add beautiful blue-green color and fresh Juniper scent to your decorations.

Evergreen, long-lived and deer don't like it!
The silvery blue foliage is a standout all year round, with none of the common winter bronzing, and you will be able to enjoy it for your lifetime as Wichita Blue typically lives 70 years or more. Deer pretty much leave it alone, but numerous birds will forage on the silvery blue berries that grace the branches in late summer and winter.

A most accommodating and manageable size! Though it is short enough to plant under a power line, this vigorous grower will put on 6 to 12 inches a year, and even more if it likes its location. Maintaining its refined pyramidal form, in 10 years it grows to 10 to 15 feet tall and 4 to 6 feet wide, and keeps growing slowly to eventually reach 15-25 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet wide. As a screen or windbreak, space 4 to 6 feet apart; space at least 6 to 8 feet from a fence or drive to avoid overlap.

Natural pyramidal shape is very attractive without pruning -- but if you want a particular height or shape for a more formal look, this small tree takes well to pruning.

As with all the plants from Fast Growing Trees Nursery, you will receive a healthy shrub with a well-developed root system, ready to plant and grow vigorously for you.

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A most hardy, satisfying Juniper. It really, really IS blue, as in the picture, which is accurate. Mine are quite small now, but still with a perfect, tapering shape -- and growing! I'm using mine as accent specimens, not a hedge; they truly stand out. Growing zone 7
January 1, 2013
I'll only EVER order trees and plants from this company!!!
I was impressed and delighted with the packaging and condition of my blue witchita juniper trees when they arrived 3 days after being harvested! They were HEALTHY, untainted, and in overall premium condition! I doubt I'll ever buy from Home Depot or local nurseries again. Truly a quality experience so far. I plan to have my blue junipers as a 5-6 foot trimmed hedge in front of our home for esthetic reasons but more importantly erosion control.
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Juniper 'Wichita Blue'

Juniper 'Wichita Blue' Planting Diretions

The Juniper Wichita Blue (Juniperus scopulorum 'Wichita') is a coniferous plant in the genus Juniperus, of the Cypress family Cupressaceae. Depending on taxonomic viewpoint, there are between 50-67 species of juniper, widely distributed throughout the northern hemisphere, from the Arctic, south to tropical Africa in the Old World, and to the mountains of Central America. Wichita Blues mature to a height of 15-25 feet tall and a width of 6-8 feet wide. They are most commonly suited for USDA growing zones 3-7 making them quite popular for Northern states as they can take quite a bit of cold.

Juniper berries are a spice used in a wide variety of culinary dishes and best known for the primary flavoring in gin (and are responsible for gin's name, which is a shortening of the Dutch word for juniper, genever). Juniper berries are also used as the primary flavor in the liquor Jenever and sahti-style of beers. The Juniper berries sauce is often a popular flavoring choice for quail, pheasant, veal, rabbit, venison and other meat dishes. In Morocco, the tar (gitran) of the arar tree (Juniperus phoenicea) is applied in dotted patterns on bisque drinking cups. Gitran makes the water more fragrant and is said to be good for the teeth. Juniper berries are steam distilled to produce an essential oil that may vary from colorless to yellow or pale green.

Location: Plant plenty of Juniper Wichita Blue anywhere you have lots of excess empty space. This hardy, reliable plant works well as a living screen, 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. The juniper Wichita blue also makes a spectacular specimen plant in the middle of the lawn or in a planting with ground cover and other contrasting plants. It makes for a lovely corner piece. You can use it to add vertical interest along a fence or wall. Plant the Juniper Wichita Blue 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 instructions: The Wichita Blue should be planted in a sunny spot. Full sun is preferred and moist or well-drained soil for your tree. If planting a hedge, mark out a visual guide by placing stakes five to six feet apart and looping string around them. Plant the trees where the stakes are and they'll grow together to make a dense privacy screen.

1) Dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least three times the width. Organic mulches, such as wood chips or pine needles, also help to better soil structure as they decompose.
2) Position the tree into the hole and hold it straight.
3) Begin back filling the hole, tamping down the soil as you fill to prevent any air pockets from forming.
4) Water the planting site to completely settle the soil and then mulch around the base. Mulching helps retain your soil's moisture and assists with keeping competitive growth away such as weeds and grasses.

Watering: The Juniper Wichita Blue suit most soil conditions and will happily live anywhere that is not too wet. This shrub is drought-tolerant once established and should be monitored for signs of additional watering if necessary; though, over watering is not advised. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment.

Fertilization: Established Juniper Wichita Blue can benefit from fertilization. Take a visual inventory of your landscape. Wichita Blues need to be fertilized every few years. It is best to avoid fertilizing late in the growing season. Applications made at that time can force lush, vegetative growth that will not have a chance to harden off before the onset of cold weather.

Pruning: 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.

Pests and Disease: The Juniper Wichita Blue should be resistant to damage from deer, rabbits, and other wildlife. It does, however, attract birds due to the sweet berries it produces. Some junipers are susceptible to Gymnosporangium or rust disease, and can be a serious problem for those people growing apple trees, the alternate host of the disease.

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Is planted in front of chain link to allow some privacy for pets inside
Sandra B on Sep 11, 2015
Is planted in front of chain link to allow some privacy for pets inside
Sandra B on Sep 11, 2015
I want to hide a chain link fence, how far back from the fence and how far apart should each tree be planted?
Donna B on Feb 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: They should be planted 4-6 feet apart, and 6-7 feet from the fence if you want to keep the trees off the fence. If you don't mid branches crowding up to the fence after a few years, you can plant it 5 feet from the fence.
How wide do these plants get?
I have 200 foot fence that is only four feet heigh and I would really like some privacy, so I need to know how much they spread out so that I can get enough to cover this short fence.
Della A on Jul 8, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Juniper 'Witchita Blues' get 4 to 6 feet wide.
How far away should I plant the juniper from my neighbor's property line? I want to respect the boundaries.
Meliss H on Apr 9, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I would plant it about 5 ft from the property line.
Hi there,

I am thinking about planting a screen hedge row of Wichita Blues and it will be within about 4'-5' of a pretty shallow irrigation ditch. When I say shallow I mean the water running is about 18" deep and the ditch is about 18" wide. Is there a concern because the soil is slightly moist in the area adjacent to the irrigation ditch? Also, the ditch only runs from Memorial day until Labor day so it does not run year round. Thanks for any advice you might be able to offer.
Ted L on Mar 29, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This plant does not like wet feet, and requires excellent drainage to succeed. Though it needs regular watering the first year until its roots get going, long term, it really prefers it on the dry side as opposed to damp. Have you thought about Thuja Emerald Green, or Nellie R. Stevens Holly? They are both fairly small, evergreen, and like moister conditions.
Do the blue junipers stand up under snow or do they flatten out? Is the juniper an actual tree or shrub?
David W on Jun 26, 2014
BEST ANSWER: They can stand up under some snow, but its they're covered by too much snow and the branches get too heavy they will droop.
is witchita blue juniper good under power lines?
A shopper on Jun 3, 2014
BEST ANSWER: My junipers are not under power lines, but I wouldn't hesitate to plant them under them. I see no reason why you couldn't.
Is this deer tolerant?
Deb D on Jun 14, 2014
BEST ANSWER: For the most part it is. We cannot guarantee anything because if deer are hungry enough they will eat anything. However, 95% of the time deer will not go after Junipers as they do not like the taste.
Can these be used in wood planters for a privacy screen on a deck? Or do they do better in ground?
Athena B on Jun 18, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I'd say ground as they can develop into a big plant but planters restrict its growth and that is true for any outdoor plant in a planter.
Can I keep this plant from growing large I would like to have this plant on the both sides of my balcony?
Jolanta W on Jun 8, 2014
BEST ANSWER: When the plant gets to a decent height, cut off the top point. It will force the tree to grow out more to the side and get tall slower. It will still get taller, but it won't be as pointy and upright. You can shape it as you want as it grows.
Do these have an odor and do they have thorns?
Judy B on Oct 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They are thornless with a fresh Juniper scent.
Will the foliage of this blue juniper scratch my car? I need a hedge to frame the driveway entrance. It's a bit too hot here (zone 7b Charlotte, NC) for Canadian Hemlock. How about the foliage of the Spartan Juniper?
John H on Jul 7, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Well it's hard to say, alot depends on how you trim the shrub and how much room you have to let it grow. As all things grow we trim them if you trim it so stubby branches stick out then any shrub will scratch your car. If you just let it grow and you have the room then, no, it won't harm your car. Hope this helps.
can it be pruned?
A shopper on Jul 9, 2014
How fast do these grow?
Debbie on Jul 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They can grow 6-12" per year.
Is this tree able to grow in partial sun well?
Ted S on Sep 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Juniper Wichita Blue does prefer to be in more sun, but if it is in partial sun it will just slow the growth rate down a bit.
will it grow under a pine tree that has about 10 -15 ft clearance?
Carolyn B on Jun 27, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Your Wichita Blue should grow fine near the pine, as long as it has a few hours of direct sun a day, though it will probably be a bit slower to grow and smaller due to the nearby tree or trees getting first dibs on water and nutrients. If your spot is well-drained, you can give your Wichita Blue a bit of extra water and organic plant food, especially the first year or two, to help it get established enough to hold its own against the larger pine.
Will the Juniperus scopuiorum whicita blue live if planted in a pot?
peggy c on Jun 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Juniper Wichita Blue prefer to be planted in the ground. If you are going to try a pot i would make sure it is at least a 30 gallon.
I want these on each side in front of the house facing south don't want a tree to wide or tall 3 to 4' wide and 8 t0 10' high is this possible to find?
ellen f on Jun 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Juniper Wichita Blue would be great for the height and width you are looking for.
Will the tree roots damage buildings?
Lindy on May 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It does not have roots that would damage the foundation. You will want to plant it about 5-6 ft away.
will the blue juniper do well in south Mississippi?
ken s on Nov 21, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, blue junipers do very well there.
what would be a good spacing for a privacy tree row?
A shopper on Oct 15, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I've planted mine at 4 foot intervals and it's growing out very well. I hope this helps.

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