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California Juniper Juniperus californica


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Family: Cupressaceae, Cypress view all from this family

Description Shrub or small conifer tree. Bark thin, shredded appearance. Shoots thick. Leaves arranged in pairs or whorls of three; adult leaves scale-like on shoots 1 to 1.5 mm (0.039 - 0.059 in.) wide. Juvenile leaves needle-like, 5 to 10 mm (0.20 - 0.39 in.) long. Cones berry-like, 7 to 13 mm (0.28 - 0.51 in.) diameter, blue-brown, whitish waxy bloom, contain a single seed (rarely two or three); mature in about 8–9 months. Male cones 2 to 4 mm (0.079 - 0.16 in.) long, shed pollen in early spring.

Dimensions Height: 12 m. (40 ft)
Diameter: 0.3-0.6 m. (1-2 ft).

Habitat Deserts, Scrub, shrub & brushlands.

Range California, Southwest.

Discussion Popular species for bonsai. Valued in dry areas as a garden plant.