Distribution: Common east of the Cascades in Oregon, south to California; occasional north to Kittitas County in Washington and east to Idaho
Habitat: Desert foothills and lower mountains
Cones: May - June
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Rounded or pyramidal tree 4-10 m. tall, usually dioecious but occasionally monoecious, the trunk 4-7 dm. thick.
Bark cinnamon-brown, furrowed and stringy.
Leaves scale-like, pale green, mostly in 3u00e2u20acu2122s but opposite on the smallest twigs, blunt, with minutely denticulate margins, and with a gland on the upper surface.
Staminate cones ovoid, 3-5 mm. long, with 12-16 stamens; ovulate cones maturing the second season, bluish-black, 7-8 mm. long, 1- to 3-seeded, fleshy but rather dry.