Juniperus communis (Low Juniper) - photos and description

Juniperus communis

Juniperus communis

Juniperus communis

Juniperus communis

Juniperus communis
Female cones are berry-like and turn from green to blue in their second year

Juniperus communis
Male cones in above photo

Juniperus communis
Leaves in whorls of three

Juniperus communis
Top of leaves are white

General: Low, evergreen shrub with prickly leaves.

Flowers: Male and female cones grow on separate plants. The female cones resemble berries, the male cones resemble catkins. Male flowers measured to 3 mm long, female flowers to 6 mm long.

Leaves: Leaves are light green below and white in colour with a shallow groove above, sharply pointed, awl-shaped, and grow in whorls of three. We measured a leaf at 12 mm long by 1 mm wide.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 1.5 m, we measured plants to 60 cm tall, stems to 99 cm long.

Habitat: Light, rocky soil.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: The above photos were taken June 28th, prairie hillside in the Big Muddy, about 175 km southwest of our home in Regina, SK.