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Skyrocket Juniper Versus Other Junipers

Today we will compare Skyrocket Juniper with other similar junipers. I hope this article will help you choose the right variety to achieve your goal.

Taylor Juniper vs Skyrocket Juniper

The color of the needles is the main difference between Taylor Juniper and Skyrocket Juniper. Skyrocket Juniper has silvery-green needles while Taylor Juniper’s needles are bright green. Skyrocket Juniper can also be green if it doesn’t get enough direct sunlight.

The second difference is that Skyrocket Juniper is slightly broader than Taylor Juniper. Their height and growth rate are about the same but Skyrocket can reach 5 feet wide while Taylor usually does not grow wider than 3 feet. This is something to consider if you plan to use these plants as a hedge. You will need more Taylor Juniper than Skyrocket Juniper for a hedge.

One last difference is frost tolerance. Taylor Juniper is hardier and can grow in the 3 USDA hardiness zone whereas Skyrocket can grow no more north than zone 4. For most people in the U.S., though, it doesn’t really matter.

Skyrocket Juniper vs Taylor Juniper 

Skyrocket Juniper vs Taylor Juniper

  Taylor Juniper Skyrocket Juniper
USDA Hardiness zone 3-9 4-9
Mature height 15-20′ (4.5-6 m) 15-20′ (4.5-6 m)
Mature width 3′ (0.9 m) 3-5′ (0.9-1.5 m)
Growth rate fast fast
Color green silver-green
Light exposure full sun full sun, partial shade
Soil well-drained well-drained
Soil pH 6.0-7.0 6.0-7.0
Watering Once a week in a drought Once a week in a drought

Moonglow Juniper vs Skyrocket Juniper

The most distinctive feature of the Moonglow Juniper from the Skyrocket Juniper is the shape. Moonglow Juniper grows up to 7 feet wide while Skyrocket only grows up to 5 feet wide. At maturity, however, they are roughly the same height (20 feet).

Moonglow Juniper also grows slower than Skyrocket. It follows that if you want a low hedge with less expense, you should choose Moonglow because it is wider and you will need fewer plants to create a dense screen. At the same time, if you want a tall hedge in the shortest possible time, then Skyrocket is the better choice, but you have to use more plants to do this.

As for color, both varieties are about the same. The color of their needles is silvery green in the sun. Moonglow Juniper needs a bit more sunlight to keep the silver tint. Both varieties will turn green if there is not enough light.

Skyrocket Juniper vs Moonglow Juniper 

Skyrocket Juniper vs Moonglow Juniper

  Moonglow Juniper Skyrocket Juniper
USDA Hardiness zone 3-7 4-9
Mature height 15-20′ (4.5-6 m) 15-20′ (4.5-6 m)
Mature width 7′ (2.1 m) 3-5′ (0.9-1.5 m)
Growth rate medium fast
Color silver-green silver-green
Light exposure full sun full sun, partial shade
Soil well-drained well-drained
Soil pH 6.0-7.0 6.0-7.0
Watering Once a week in a drought Once a week in a drought

Spartan Juniper vs Skyrocket Juniper

Needles are what differentiate the Spartan Juniper from the Skyrocket Juniper. Spartan Juniper is a Chinese Juniper and its needles are prickly while Skyrocket Juniper’s needles are not as sharp. Also, Skyrocket has silvery-green needles while Spartan Juniper has green needles.

The second distinguishing feature is the size and shape. Spartan Juniper grows up to 15 feet tall and 5 feet wide with a medium growth rate. This plant is less suitable for a hedge, it is better used as a specimen plant or for topiary.

Skyrocket on the other hand is most commonly used for privacy screen due to its fast growth rate and more elongated growth habit.

As for hardiness, both plants tolerate the climate of any zone in the U.S. well.

Skyrocket Juniper vs Spartan Juniper 

Skyrocket Juniper vs Spartan Juniper

  Spartan Juniper Skyrocket Juniper
USDA Hardiness zone 4-9 4-9
Mature height 15′ (4.5 m) 15-20′ (4.5-6 m)
Mature width 5′ (1.5 m) 3-5′ (0.9-1.5 m)
Growth rate medium fast
Color green silver-green
Light exposure full sun full sun, partial shade
Soil well-drained well-drained
Soil pH 6.0-7.0 6.0-7.0
Watering Once a week in a drought Once a week in a drought

Blue Point Juniper vs Skyrocket Juniper

The first thing that distinguishes Blue Point Juniper from Skyrocket Juniper is its growth habit. Blue Point Juniper has a broadly pyramidal growth habit, reaching 12 feet tall and 8 feet wide. At the same time, Skyrocket has a more columnar shape, it is 20 feet tall and only 5 feet wide.

The shape of these junipers determines their range of use. Blue Point Juniper is better suited as a corner plant or as a specimen plant. It can also be used to create a low barrier to divide the garden.

Skyrocket Juniper on the other hand is better used as a privacy plant. Planting some number of these plants 3 to 4 feet apart will quickly give you a privacy screen from your neighbors.

Another difference is the needles. Skyrocket Juniper has silvery-green needles which do not change much through the year. Blue Point Juniper on the other hand has bright green young needles and bluish blue old needles. The result is a bicolor effect.

Skyrocket Juniper vs Blue Point Juniper 

Skyrocket Juniper vs Blue Point Juniper

  Blue Point Juniper Skyrocket Juniper
USDA Hardiness zone 4-9 4-9
Mature height 12′ (3.6 m) 15-20′ (4.5-6 m)
Mature width 8′ (2.4 m) 3-5′ (0.9-1.5 m)
Growth rate fast fast
Color blue-green silver-green
Light exposure full sun full sun, partial shade
Soil well-drained well-drained
Soil pH 6.0-7.0 6.0-7.0
Watering Once a week in a drought Once a week in a drought

Wichita Blue Juniper vs Skyrocket Juniper

The most noticeable differences between Wichita Blue Juniper and Skyrocket Juniper are shape and color. Wichita Blue Juniper is lower but wider than Skyrocket Juniper. The color of the needles of Wichita Blue Juniper is silver-blue while Skyrocket Juniper has gray-blue needles.

If you want a decorative plant for the garden the Wichita Blue Juniper is best because it has interesting needles and a broadly pyramidal shape.

If you want a hedge you can look at Skyrocket Juniper for this.

Wichita Blue Juniper is also hardier but does not tolerate the heat of the southern US. Skyrocket Juniper is a more heat-loving plant, it grows well in the south and can tolerate the frosts of northern states.

Skyrocket Juniper vs Wichita Blue Juniper

Skyrocket Juniper vs Wichita Blue Juniper

  Wichita Blue Juniper Skyrocket Juniper
USDA Hardiness zone 3-7 4-9
Mature height 10-15′ (3-4.5 m) 15-20′ (4.5-6 m)
Mature width 4-6′ (1.2-1.8 m) 3-5′ (0.9-1.5 m)
Growth rate medium fast
Color silver-blue silver-green
Light exposure full sun full sun, partial shade
Soil well-drained well-drained
Soil pH 6.0-7.0 6.0-7.0
Watering Once a week in a drought Once a week in a drought

Pencil Point Juniper vs Skyrocket Juniper

The main difference between Pencil Point Juniper and Skyrocket Juniper is the shape of the crown. Pencil Point Juniper has a narrow shape (2-3 feet), but it is quite a tall plant (15 feet). Skyrocket Juniper on the other hand is 20 feet tall and 4-5 feet wide.

Pencil Point Juniper also has a slower growth rate than Skyrocket Juniper. If you want to use Pencil Point for a hedge, you will need more plants to create a dense screen, and it will take longer. Skyrocket Juniper on the other hand is much more suitable for hedges.

The main use of Pencil Point Juniper is as a vertical accent in the garden. Its narrow shape allows you to put it even in a small area of the garden along with many other plants.

Also, Pencil Point Juniper tolerates cold climates better and warm climates worse. The opposite is true with the Skyrocket Juniper.

Skyrocket Juniper vs Pencil Point Juniper 

Skyrocket Juniper vs Pencil Point Juniper

  Pencil Point Juniper Skyrocket Juniper
USDA Hardiness zone 2-8 4-9
Mature height 15′ (4.5 m) 15-20′ (4.5-6 m)
Mature width 2-3′ (0.6-0.9 m) 3-5′ (0.9-1.5 m)
Growth rate medium fast
Color gray-green silver-green
Light exposure full sun, partial shade full sun, partial shade
Soil well-drained well-drained
Soil pH 6.0-7.0 6.0-7.0
Watering Once a week in a drought Once a week in a drought

Medora Juniper vs Skyrocket Juniper

The growth rate is what differentiates Medora Juniper and Skyrocket Juniper. Medora Juniper grows slower, after 10 years it will be up to 10 feet tall and up to 3 feet wide. Skyrocket Juniper on the other hand will be almost twice as tall by this time.

If you are looking for a privacy plant then choose Skyrocket Juniper, as you will reach your goal faster with this juniper. If you want a low barrier or just an ornamental plant, Medora Juniper is the perfect choice because it is a compact plant and doesn’t need a lot of maintenance.

Medora Juniper is a bit hardier than Skyrocket Juniper but does not tolerate hot climates well.

Skyrocket Juniper vs Medora Juniper 

Skyrocket Juniper vs Medora Juniper

  Medora Juniper Skyrocket Juniper
USDA Hardiness zone 3-7 4-9
Mature height 10′ (3 m) 15-20′ (4.5-6 m)
Mature width 3′ (0.9 m) 3-5′ (0.9-1.5 m)
Growth rate medium fast
Color silver-green silver-green
Light exposure full sun, partial shade full sun, partial shade
Soil well-drained well-drained
Soil pH 6.0-7.0 6.0-7.0
Watering Once a week in a drought Once a week in a drought