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Juniperus scopulorum 'Skyrocket'

Juniperus scopulorum 'Skyrocket'

Synonym(s) Juniperus virginianum 'Skyrocket'
Common name pencil cedar; skyrocket juniper
Family cupressaceae
Life cycle tree (Z4-7)
Size to 20'
Light sun

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.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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