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The Flora of Mount Shasta

Western Juniper

Cypress Family (Cupressaceae) Juniperus occidentalis
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Growth Form: Thickly branched tree, usually with a single trunk; 10 to 25 feet

Leaves: Evergreen; small, scale-like with distinct glands, gray-green, usually in whorls of three

Bark: Rough, shreddy, reddish-brown

Cones: Berry-like, 1/4 to 3/8 inch, blue-black covered with a grayish bloom; cone scales are indistinct; mature in second growing season

Found: Usually in dry sandy areas or rocky slopes growing with sagebrush, manzanita, bitterbrush, and mixed conifer and shrubs

Tidbits: Often infected with clumps of dwarf mistletoe. Cones are eaten by birds, foliage by deer.

Western Juniper © 2001 Ken and Leona Beatty Western Juniper © 2001 Ken and Leona Beatty
Western Juniper
© 2001 Ken and Leona Beatty
 

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