Juniperus scopulorum 'Skyrocket'
From its base in a corner of our front perennial border, this lanky fella has done just what was expected of him: grow, grow, grow! Ten years after he was planted as a youngster, he stuck out above the gutter of our two-story house; at that point, I didn't even attempt applying Christmas lights any more. The last few years of its life, the tree went through a slow but steady decline; eventually so much of it was dead that we had to cut it down (which resulted in the wonderful smell of cedarwood - but was otherwise a sad occasion). The decline may have been caused by boring or sap-sucking insects. In any case, that was the end of the skyrocket's reign over our front border.
||Juniperus virginianum 'Skyrocket'
||pencil cedar; skyrocket juniper
This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...
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|Spiff||Sep 05, 2010||I say it was the planting too close to the house foundation that killed it. Once it got that tall, the roots just got too cramped. Also, that downspout feeding directly above its root system could have drowned it.|
|Tina||Nov 10, 2012||Can I grow my skyrocket right behind stone retaining wall where the space is only 30cm by 70cm wide without the risk of it cracking my wall.?|
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