If you crush a juniper berry between your fingers you may notice a familiar aroma… gin! These little blue berries are what’s used to give gin its flavour and smell. Junipers are hardy, desert-adapted plants that thrive in full sunlight and tolerate a wide range of soil conditions. Unlike arborvitae, which can struggle in Alberta’s harsh winters, junipers are remarkably resistant to winter damage. Their vibrant blue-green foliage provides year-round beauty, while their uniform shape and drought tolerance make them incredibly low-maintenance.

What You Need To Know:

  • Botanical Name: Juniperus scopulorum ‘Wichita Blue’
  • Type: Evergreen conifer
  • Hardiness Zones: USDA Zones 3-9
  • Sunlight: Prefers full sun
  • Soil: Tolerant of a wide range of well-drained soils
  • Mature Size: 10-15 feet tall, 4-6 feet wide
  • Growth Rate: 1-2 feet per year after establishment
  • Lifespan: With proper care, Wichita Blue Junipers can have a long lifespan of many decades. 9Some of the longest-lived trees in the world are junipers, including a Utah Juniper estimated to be over 3,000 years old.
  • Wildlife Haven: Juniper trees provide food and shelter for a variety of birds and other animals, making them valuable parts of the ecosystem.

Interesting Facts

  • A Rocky Mountain Native: This juniper cultivar originates from the Rocky Mountain juniper (Juniperus scopulorum), a species native to western North America. Breeders selected the Wichita Blue for its particularly vibrant blue foliage.
  • Perfect for Mass Planting: Due to its compact size and dense growth habit, the Wichita Blue Juniper is ideal for mass plantings. It can be used to create privacy screens, hedges, or borders, adding a uniform touch of blue beauty to your landscape.
  • Silvery Berries: While not particularly showy, the Wichita Blue Juniper produces silver-blue berries in late spring that persist into late winter. These can add a subtle winter texture and provide a food source for birds.
  • Deer Resistant: A welcome benefit for gardeners! Deer tend to avoid browsing on juniper foliage, allowing you to enjoy the vibrant blue hues without worry.


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