Rocky Mountain juniper Cupressaceae Juniperus
|Leaf: Small (1/8 inch), scale-like and tight against the branches; green to gray-green. Back sides of needles bear inconspicuous glands.
Flower: Species is dioecious; both male and female flowers are small (1/8 inch) and occur at branch tips; males oblong and females nearly round and yellow, females greener.
Fruit: Round, bluish berry-like cones (1/3 inch in diameter), covered in glaucous bloom, mature in two seasons.
Twig: Covered in green scale-like needles, later turning light brown.
Bark: Thin and quite scaly with long narrow ridges, reddish brown but turns gray when aged and weathered.
Form: Small tree or large shrub; shape is variable but often short with a round crown.
Looks like: western juniper
- Utah juniper
- alligator juniper
- oneseed juniper
| Additional Range Information:
Juniperus scopulorum is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting Rocky Mountain juniper.
| External Links:
Silvics of North America
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson