Growing Zones: 4-9 outdoors(hardy down to -20℉) 4-9 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 15 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 2-3 ft.
- Full Sun
- Growth Rate:
- Botanical Name:
- Juniperus Virginiana Skyrocket
- Does Not Ship To:
- AZ, CA
Upright Juniper that is Extremely Drought-Resistant
This completely maintenance-free juniper is ideal for areas where height is wanted yet there is no room for a wide based tree.
Skyrocket juniper is a rare plant in which you achieve height without sacrificing ground space. With a mature height of over 15 feet this tree is great for privacy screens and windbreaks.
The drought resistance on this upright juniper is unmatched in its class. Once established it is able to withstand long periods without water.
The dusty blue-green color of the foliage is an attractive point for this tree. The color remains all year without browning or fading away.
The skyrocket juniper is absolutely maintenance-free, you will never have to trim, stake or prune to keep your tree looking beautiful.
Skyrocket is also pest free with no known problems or insects to infest your plant. If planted in full sun, it will continue to impress you year after year.
It is, however, able to handle small amounts of shade throughout the day.
Skyrocket juniper is ideal for urban gardens and spaces where a tree with a wide base is not wanted.
There is always a perfect place in your garden for this juniper. Plant in beds or in foundation plantings, even along with your shrubs to achieve a one of a kind look.
With an extremely quick growth rate, your juniper will reach mature size within 10 -15 years. That is nearly a foot of growth or more per year!
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Customer Reviews & Photos
I expected more
The trees arrived in good condition and were easy to plant. My only complaint is that they cost more than the trees available at Lowe's. I expected larger root balls for $50 each. I'll chalk up the greater cost to free shipping and delivery to my doorstep.
Vulnerable to spider mites
I love my Juniper Skyrockets! But watch out for spider mites. These can really go after the young foliage. My neighbor has a huge natural juniper tree that is a permanent host for these pests and the organic sprays I've tried (2 different kinds that were supposed to target Spider mites) don't do it. Now I use Bonide Systemic Insect Control and that seems to do the job tho I'm not happy about using real pesticides. If you are planting your trees in an isolated place they will probably do just fine. But if you are planting them near to other established junipers you may have to do some pest control for the first few years while yours get established enough to fend off the munchers! I would also say the Skyrockets really do prefer the sun. Mine are across a gradient of sun exposure and the ones at the sunny end have grown much faster than the ones with more shade. It is a wonderful tree and worth the TLC.
Planting these was one of the smartest things I ever did
I live in central Pennsylvania and here the regional big box stores promote evergreens that are for the zone below mine and those are too risky to plant because of increasing brutally cold winters here. The Skyrocket Juniper that I planted several years ago have done amazingly well and I admire them every day. They have withstood several summers with 4 heat waves and record low cold. I planted three on the corner of my small front yard several years ago and they prevent people from seeing into my house as they walk down the street. Their fast growing height is wonderful and their width is perfect in scale with my single Victorian house that has a neighbor that is too close and way too nosy. I'll plant more of these on my property line this spring in the narrow space between my house and the un-neighborly one to ensure the most privacy year round. Planting these has been one of the smartest things that I have done and they blend beautifully with the other kinds of fast growing evergreen trees that line my property. Installing a fence would have been very troublesome expensive and unnatural and these skyrocket juniper are a miracle alternative. Privacy is priceless and a small investment in these trees is money well spent .
Planting & Care
You’ll find the Juniper Skyrocket to be a majestic columnar evergreen to be easy to grow and maintain. A drought tolerant specimen, it adapts well to a variety of soil conditions making it a versatile choice for landscapers throughout a diversity of regions.
Location: Plant your Juniper Skyrocket in a location that receives partial sun, full sun if possible to promote faster growth. Soil preference is not an issue with this variety, so long as the soil is not continuously wet.
1) Choose a location that gets six hours or more of direct sun each day.
2) Dig the hole twice the width of the root ball and deep enough for the soil line around the trunk of the tree so that it sits even with the surface of the surrounding ground.
3) If the soil is clay and doesn't drain well, place a layer of gravel at the base of the hole. Next, mix in a large amount of gravel with the soil adding compost and mix it into the soil you removed to dig the hole.
4) Loosen the long roots by hand around the bottom of the tree. Carefully set the Skyrocket into the hole and fill it back in with the soil and compost mix.
5) Tamp the ground around the Skyrocket by hand to remove any air pockets that may have formed in the soil.
Watering: A thorough watering once a week will help keep the soil properly moist. Water the tree regularly for the first two years of growth. This will help the tree’s roots system develop and increase the tree’s drought tolerance. Spread a good layer of mulch around the base of the tree.
Pruning: Though the Skyrocket can tolerate pruning, the tree actually looks best when allowed to grow and assume its natural shape.
Fertilization: Use a granulated fertilizer specifically formulated for evergreens. Apply once in the early spring in accordance with the package directions.
Pests: Insects commonly known to pester skyrockets include bagworm caterpillars, juniper scale, juniper webworm and spider mites. For bagworm and webworm control, simply inspect the tree and remove by hand when present. Insecticides typically don’t work to control these pests. For scale, a systemic insecticide can be applied during the growing season. A dormant oil can also be applied in the winter. In the instance of mites, treat with a miticide.
*Skyrockets work great as a screen when planted in narrow side yards between homes.
*Makes a terrific windbreak plant in a wide spectrum of climates.
*For Mediterranean-inspired landscapes in colder climates, use Skyrocket instead of Italian Cypress for a hardy alternative.
*Plant this juniper in matched pairs or on four corners of a central courtyard.
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Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.
|Amount of Order||Shipping Charge|
|Less than $15||$11.95|
You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in
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|Zones 5||Week of April 14th|
|Zones 6||Week of April 7th|
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