| Rocky Mountain Juniper, Rocky Mountain Red Cedar, Mountain Red Cedar, Colorado Red Cedar, Western Red Cedar, River Juniper, Western Juniper, Cedro Rojo|
Rocky mountain juniper grows high in the mountains in west Texas but also at lower elevations farther north in the Panhandle. It resembles eastern red cedar, especially with its similar shredding bark. However, it differs by its light bluish-green foliage and larger fruit that takes two years to mature. It is tough, durable and drought tolerant as long as it has sun and good drainage.
Plant Habit or Use: large shrub small tree
Flower Color: small cone
Blooming Period: spring
Fruit Characteristics: dark blue cones
Height: to 50 ft.
Width: to 30 ft.
Plant Character: evergreen
Heat Tolerance: high medium
Water Requirements: low
Soil Requirements: adaptable
Additional Comments: A large grove of over 100 ft. trees occurs in Palo Duro Canyon,