Prairie Spirit™ Juniper - Juniperus x ‘Bison' (RFM-40 )



This juniper selection is being introduced as a joint release by NDSU and Dr. Dale Lindgren, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This plant was collected from Pine Canyon, located northeast of Arnold, NE. It has been growing in NDSU trials for 35 years. Its striking foliage is brilliant green, with slightly tufted, mature scale foliage intermixed with contrasting grey-blue juvenile growth, creating a bicolor effect. The foliage takes on a purplish-bronze color in the dormant season. It is vigorous, producing a dense, attractive spreading growth habit, with plants reaching 1 to 1 3/4 feet in height. Silvery-blue, berrylike cones contrast markedly with the foliage. This plant makes a beautiful foundation plant and is excellent for mass ground cover use. It is believed to be a natural juniper hybrid between J. virginiana-Eastern Red-cedar and J. horizontalis-Creeping Juniper. Reaches semi-mature size in 10 to 15 years. Hardy in USDA Zone 2b-3. Best grown in full sun.

Potential Uses or Applications

Nursery stock, foundation plant, ground cover

Development Stage

Plant propagation material can be obtained from NDSU Plant Sciences Department or shrubs from licensed nursery subject to availability.

Patent Status

U.S. Trademark Prairie Spirit™

Licensing Status

This cultivar is available for non-exclusive licensing.

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