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Medora Upright Juniper

Juniperus scopulorum 'Medora'

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Medora Upright Juniper (Juniperus scopulorum 'Medora') at Millcreek Nursery Ltd

Medora Upright Juniper

Medora Upright Juniper

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Height:  8 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Description:

A compact upright, columnar evergreen shrub with soft textured bluish-green needle-like foliage all season long and showy blue berries, excellent for difficult landscape and garden situations, makes a great tall evergreen hedge in full sun

Ornamental Features

Medora Upright Juniper has attractive powder blue foliage. The scale-like leaves are highly ornamental and remain powder blue throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Medora Upright Juniper is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Medora Upright Juniper is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Medora Upright Juniper will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 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.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Articulation  Screening  Garden 
Applications
Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features