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Ephedra equistina

Bluestem Joint Fir
Scientific NameEphedra equistina
Common NameBluestem Joint Fir (Mongolian Ephedra, or Mu zei ma huang)
FamilyEphedraceae
HabitEvergreen Shrub
Growth FormType: Broadleaf. Finely textured blue-green or bluish stems with dense branching.
Mature SizeHeight: 4-5′; Width: 6-8′;
FlowersYellow followed by red berries. Flowering Season: Spring
HardinessZones 4b-9
Sun RequirementsFull Sun to Partial Sun. Extremely heat tolerant.
Water RequirementsModerate to xeric. Extremely drought tolerant.
Soil RequirementsClay, loam, sandy. Does not perform well in wet, poorly drained soils.
Other InfoElevation Guide: UP to 6200′ Deer resistant Excellent winter interest
Additional PhotosBluestem Joint Fir