oneseed juniper Cupressaceae Juniperus
monosperma (Engelm.) Sarg.
|Leaf: Evergreen, scale-like, pointed, most are tight and crowded on the twig in opposite pairs resulting in a slightly square twig, on vigorous shoots a few are awl-like and point away from the twig; yellow- to gray-green.
Flower: Species is dioecious; males are small pale yellow in large clusters at ends of twigs; females are small, round pale green.
Fruit: Berry-like cones, round, 1/4 inch in diameter, bluish brown glaucous, stays soft and juicy at maturity, 1 seed per fruit, matures in one growing season.
Twig: Moderately stout, somewhat angular, initially covered with tight, yellow-green, scale-like leaves, later turning reddish brown.
Bark: Brown to gray with very irregular furrows and scaly, exfoliating ridges.
Form: A small, shrubby tree up to 25 feet tall, up turned branches develop close to the ground producing an open, round crown.
Looks like: Utah juniper
- Rocky Mountain juniper
- alligator juniper
- Arizona cypress
| Additional Range Information:
Juniperus monosperma is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting oneseed juniper.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson