Juniperus scopulorum ‘Medora’
The Juniper Medora is a compact upright, pyramidal evergreen shrub with soft textured blue needle-like foliage. This tree originated in the badlands of North Dakota. It is a multi stemmed evergreen shrub with narrow vertical growth which makes it great for use in full sun narrow spaces or used as a privacy screen. This tree has attractive and unique looking powder-blue foliage which remains showy all year long. This tree produces small blue berries and flowers in early summer.
This tree is best use as an accent tree or as a privacy screen and should be planted in full sun. This tree makes the Arbor Advisor favorites list because it has no significant negative characteristics, is tolerant of both moist and dry growing conditions (just no standing water), and does well with urban pollution. HOWEVER, this is a high maintenance shrub that will require annual pruning in order to get a nicely defined shape which is best done in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed.
The Medora Juniper will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.
Hardy to -40°F
Maximum Elevation: 7,500 ft.