Vascular Plants - Cupressaceae - Juniperus:
Juniperus communis
Page Author: Don Knoke
common juniper, dwarf or prostrate juniper, ground juniper 
Blooms: April - May
Habit: shrub
Duration: perennial
Origin: Native
Distribution: Much of Canada and the United States
Habitat: Lowland woods to mountain valleys and open, rocky alpine slopes
Species Description:

General: Prostrate, dioecious shrub or small tree 1-3 m. tall.
Bark: The bark very thin, reddish-brown, shredding and scaly.
Leaves: Leaves mostly in 3’s, needle-like to narrowly lanceolate, stiff and pungent, 7-12 mm. long, jointed at the base of the free portion, concave and whitish on the lower surface, dark green above.
Cones: Staminate cones ovoid, 3-5 mm. long, with 12-16 stamens; ovulate cones maturing the second season, berry-like, bluish-black, 6-9 mm. long, 1- to 3-seeded.
Subspecies & Varieties:
Accepted Name:
Juniperus communis L.
Synonyms:
(none)

Treated in Flora of the PNW as:
Juniperus communis
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria Specimens: View list of all Juniperus communis specimens in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WTU Herbarium Specimens: View list of Juniperus communis specimens in the WTU Herbarium database.

Washington Flora Checklist: Juniperus communis treatment.

E-Flora BC: Juniperus communis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Juniperus communis images.

USDA Plants Database: Juniperus communis.
Additional photographs of Juniperus communis:
(click on a thumbnail to view larger photo)

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Jim Riley

Bud Kovalchik

Bud Kovalchik

Bud Kovalchik

Bud Kovalchik

Susan McDougall, 2004

Brian Luther, 2009

Susan McDougall, 2014

Susan McDougall, 2014

Richard Ramsden, 2016
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