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Plant Description

Origin: Native  Similar Species: Juniperus virginiana
General Description: Evergreen. Single trunk evergreen tree, with an irregularly spreading to pyramidal shape with spreading branches that droop at the tips.
Identification notes: Cooler sites. Drooping branch tips and bluish-green color. Bark exfoliating in thin strips; branches spreading to ascending; branchlets flattened; scale-like leaves tightly pressed close to the twig.
Height: To 40 feet     Width: To 15 feet


Habitat Description: Canyon bottoms, often on dry, and rocky slopes.
Plant Communities: Semidesert Grasslands, Montane Conifer Forest
Elevation: 3200 - 9000 feet

Flowers - Gymnosperm, not a flowering plant


Leaf Color: Green or bluish-green   Type: Scales   Shape: Other   Margin: Smooth   Attachment: Other   Hairs: N
Description: Leaves are scale-like to 1/8 inch long, closely appressed, scale-like, obscurely glandular, barely overlapping and covering older twigs closely.


Color: Dark blue with a whitish bloom   Type: Cone or cone-like   Description: Female cones roundish, soft, fleshy to a 1/4 inch in diameter and ripen the second season. There are 1 to 2 brownish seeds per cone. Male and female cones on separate trees, both borne on the ends of short branchlets. Male cones yellow, inconspicuous.


Bark Color: Dark reddish-brown to grayish-brown   Bark Texture (Mature): Shreddy or peeling   Bark and Branch Description: Bark is thin, fibrous, shedding in strips with age.
Spines, thorns or prickles: N

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