Juniperus horizontalis (Creeping Juniper) - photos and description


 

 


Leaves scale-like and overlapping.


Females cones bluish and berry-like, July 27th.


Male cones at stem tips in above photo, April 24th


Male cones at stem tips in above photo, April 24th

General: A prostrate evergreen shrub, with long trailing branches.

Flowers: Female cones resemble blue berries, we measured a female cone when mature at 8 mm diameter. Male cones, are light brown, we measured a male cone at 3 mm long. Cones grow on the tips of branchlets, male and female cones grow on different plants.

Leaves: Leaves are scale-like and overlapping, with acute tips, not prickly, we measured a leaf to 2 mm long, leaves grow on branchlets, branchlets measured to 10 mm long.

Height: Stems listed in Budd's Flora to a length of 5 m, we measured stems to 1.2 m long, and plants to 25 cm tall.

Habitat: Dry and sandy terrain in southern Saskatchewan.

Abundance: Very common.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: The above photos were taken April 24th, sandy prairie, Douglas Provincial Park, about 200 km northwest of Regina, SK,  July 24th, hillside Frenchman River Valley, West Block Grasslands National Park, about 400 km southwest of Regina, SK, and August 7th, hillside in badlands, East Block Grasslands National Park, about 300 km southwest of our home in Regina, SK.