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Juniper, Utah

Juniperus osteosperma

Cupressaceae - Cypress

Description

Leaves: Small scale-shaped leaves that clasp and cover young twigs similar to other junipers; yellow-green; evergreen.

Twigs/buds: Young, foliage covered twigs coarser and stiffer than with Rocky Mountain juniper; twigs are densely clumped at branch ends.

Flowers/fruit: Usually monoecious.  Berry-like fruit takes two years to mature; nearly round; 1/4" to 3/4" in diameter; red-brown; often covered with a white, waxy coating; usually contains 1 seed.

Bark: Gray; fibrous and scaly.

Wood: Little used except for fence posts and firewood; properties and potential uses likely similar to Rocky Mountain juniper.  Heartwood yellow-brown, very durable; sapwood white.

General: Native to the west-central Rockies and Great Basin at middle elevations, including most of Utah.  Very drought, cold, and heat resistant and tolerant of a wide variety of soil conditions; does well on dry, rocky sites. Often shrubby but sometimes more upright; generally smaller (15' tall) than the biggest Rocky Mountain junipers.  Shade intolerant.

Landscape Use: Little used in landscapes except where people build homes among existing trees.  Could be used more in xeriscapes, but not easy to obtain from nurseries.  Interesting texture.  Zones 3-7.

Characteristics

General

Family:
Cupressaceae - Cypress
Cultivar Availability:
No
Hardiness Zone:
3-7
Type:
Conifer
Utah Native:
Yes

Growth

Growth Rate:
Medium
Mature Height:
Medium
Longevity:
High
Is Good Under Power Lines:
Yes
Crown Shape:
Rounded

Ornamental

Bark:
No
Fall Color:
No
Flowers:
No
Foliage:
Yes
Fruit:
Yes

Tolerence

Shade:
Low
Salt:
High
Drought:
High
Poor Drainage:
Low
Alkalinity:
High
Transplanting:
High