common juniper - Cupressaceae Juniperus communis

Taxonomy

FamilyCupressaceae
GenusJuniperus
Speciescommunis
Common Namecommon juniper
iTree CodeJUCO6

Plant Form

FormShrub: low and spreading
Height5 feet
Spread10 feet
DeciduousNo

Identification Description

Foliageneedles, singly attached, tapering from base to sharp pointed tip, lasting 3-years, two white (stomatal) linesLeaf Type Information IconAwl
Needles0
Barkred/brown in papery strips
Budsmall and nakedBud Arrangement Information IconNone
Twigslightly triangular, with ridges
Flowermale: (staminate) small, yellow, cylindrical; female: (ovulate)green
Fruitcones: bluish/black when ripe, often covered in a white-waxy bloom
Fall Colorblue green

Site Characteristics

USDA Zones   info for zonespH LevelsSalt Tolerance
Min2aMin5.5SoilModerate
Max6bMax8.0SprayModerate

Shade ToleranceDrought ToleranceAllelopathy
IntolerantHighNo

Species Status

Nebraska Native
U.S. NativeYes Check
Region of OriginUnited States, Canada
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