Virginia Tech Dendrology

Rocky Mountain juniper Cupressaceae Juniperus scopulorum Sarg. Listen to the Latin symbol: JUSC2
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
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Additional Range Information: Juniperus scopulorum is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting Rocky Mountain juniper.
External Links: USDAFS Silvics of North America - USDAFS FEIS Silvics - USDA Plants Database - Horticulture Information
All material © 2018 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson; Silvics reprinted from Ag Handbook 654