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Rugged yet elegant, Medora Juniper gives homeowners in cold, dry climates a fine formal element for beautifying their landscapes. This sturdy stalwart tree hails from the Badlands of North Dakota, where plants routinely suffer from searing heat, bitter cold, strong winds, and drought. Medora withstands all of these things, looking cool and polished all the while. It forms a neat, slim pyramid of blue-green foliage that sparkles year-round. Use it as a vertical accent in your sunny mixed borders, foundation beds, or herb garden, or include it in a privacy planting along your property line. Grace under pressure!
Medora Juniper is a selection of our native Rocky Mountain Juniper, which ranges from the Black Hills to British Columbia and south to New Mexico. Rocky Mountain Juniper is a rugged tree often found clinging to mountainsides, enduring in rocky places where other trees can’t survive. Medora was discovered in 1939 by researchers at North Dakota State University, when it was known as North Dakota Agricultural College. The tree, more compact than others of its species, was named in 1954 after the town of Medora, North Dakota.
Did you know that Juniper berries are used to flavor gin, and that the word “gin” comes from the French word for Juniper? You won’t find any berries on your Medora Juniper, however. Medora is a male form that sets no fruit.
How to Grow
Medora Juniper is about as easygoing as they come. The only things it will not abide are shade and “wet feet,” so be sure to plant it where it will receive sun all day long and where the soil drains well and doesn’t remain soggy after a rain. It will need regular irrigation during the first couple of years of establishment, but should be able to survive on what falls from the sky after that. Fertilize with the Bower & Branch Elements™ Fertilizer to encourage a strong root system to form. Very little pruning will be needed, but if you want to take out a stray branch or shear your Medora Juniper even tighter, these things can be accomplished at any time.
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