Common Juniper Juniperus communis
Family: Cupressaceae (Cypress)
Branching: Whorled / Evergreen
This low, spreading shrub is widely distributed in North America.
Unlike the other Junipers (such as Eastern Red-Cedar, which have
both needle-like and flattened leaves) Common Juniper has only
sharp-pointed needles. They grow in whorls of three and are thin,
whitened underneath, slightly curled under, and very sharply pointed!
Juniper fruits are small bluish "berries" that often have a
whitish waxy coating (called a bloom)
The sharp-pointed needles of Common Juniper
The needles are quite white underneath.
Another view of the upper side of the needles
The twigs are ridged vertically
A view of a branch
The whitened underside of the needles, which grow in whorls of three
Another view of the berries. Notice the pattern on the bottom of them.
Typical growth is low and spreading
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