Monam Rocky Mountain Juniper
Juniperus scopulorum is a low-growing spreading shrub or ground cover with valuable and useful characteristics. This North American cultivar is tolerant to cold, dry and hot weather conditions. An interesting flat-top form, requires little to no pruning, and little watering, making this shrub extremely low maintenance. This cultivar is known for its vivid steel-blue foliage that remains year round. The prickly nature of this shrub’s foliage repels deer and rabbits.
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|Versatile and resilient in any landscape, a unique flat or ‘table-topped’ ground cover or shrub. Maintaining this shape is not difficult as little pruning is required to maintain its form.
|Excellent as a border along driveways and walkways. Aids in erosion control on banks, cut slopes and sloping ground that result in runoff. Its spreading behaviour makes this an excellent addition to a rock garden.
|Tolerant to most moisture conditions and pH levels with full sun to partial shade. Requires little, if any, watering, is cold tolerant, and will transplant without a problem in autumn.
|Spreading, low growing, flat-topped and neat.
|Attracts birds and is naturally deer and rabbit resistant due to its prickly leaves. Its foliage is a dramatic blue to silvery-blue colour year round.
|Twig blight, cedar apple rust, and seiridium canker
|The bark is red-brown in colour, with exfoliating characteristics. As the bark matures, it creates flat ridges and is imbricated along the stems.
|Flower/Leaf Bud Description
|The arrangement of the buds is continuous. They are of similar colour to the leaves, and therefore hard to identify.
|Monam’s leaves are less than 1 cm in length, simple scale or awl-shaped and sharp or prickly. The blue to silvery-blue leaves are alternately placed along the stems.
|Flowers of this cultivar are monoecious. Staminate cones are papery, solitary at branch tips and are a yellow-brown colour. They are 2-4 mm in length. Ovulate cones are also solitary at branch tips, blue-purple or dark blue, berry-like and waxy. They are 4-7 mm in length.
|Blue berries, waxy and resinous, ovoid in shape and deeply pitted..
|Monam is known for its excellent blue foliage that maintains its beauty year-round and may even intensify during the winter months. The colour of the buds proves to be difficult to distinguish from its leaves. The fruit is a bluish colour and the bark of this plant is red-brown.
|Leaves are fine in texture, and the bark is scale-like or rough to the touch.
|Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
|Propagated via semi-hardwood cuttings or simple layering. Simple layering consists of bending a flexible, low growing stem to the ground. A part of the stem must then be covered with soil, with 15-30 cm remaining above the soil. The tip should then be bent into a vertical position and staked. The bent part of the stem will often encourage rooting, but for added assistance, scarify this section. This process can be done using a dormant branch in early spring or with a mature branch in the summer. It could take one or more seasons until the layer is ready to be transplanted. Inspect root formation and ensue the layer has regular moisture.