Virginia Tech Dendrology

redberry juniper Cupressaceae Juniperus pinchotii Sudw. Listen to the Latin symbol: JUPI
Leaf: Evergreen, scale-like, pointed, most are tight and crowded on the twig, commonly in 3's, yellow- to gray-green, gland dotted.
Flower: Species is dioecious; males are small pale yellow in large clusters at ends of twigs; females are small, round pale green, appearing in early fall.
Fruit: Berry-like cones, round, 1/3 inch in diameter, copper to copper-red and glaucous, hardening at maturity, 1 seed per fruit, matures in one growing season, dispersed in the fall.
Twig: Moderately stout, somewhat angular, initially covered with tight, yellow-green, scale-like leaves, later turning reddish brown.
Bark: Gray to brown with very irregular furrows and scaly, exfoliating ridges.
Form: A small, shrubby tree up to 20 feet tall, up turned branches develop close to the ground producing an open, round crown.
Looks like: alligator juniper - oneseed juniper - Rocky Mountain juniper - eastern redcedar
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Additional Range Information: Juniperus pinchotii is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting redberry juniper.
External Links: USDAFS Additional Silvics - USDA Plants Database
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