Juniperus rigida Cupressaceae
Temple Juniper, Needle Juniper
- Conifer, evergreen, shrub or a tree to about 30 ft (~10 m) high with a single trunk, open habit, branchlets had a
graceful weeping habit on older trees. Bark dull gray, fibrous, shallowly fissured.
Adult leaves in whorls of three, needle-like, about 1-2 cm long and only 1 mm wide, standing straight out
from the point of attachment, very sharply pointed, deep to gray-green, with a narrow, deep, white stomatal
furrow, edges smooth. Dioecious - male and female structures on separate plants, rarely
monoecious. Pollen cones solitary in leaf axils, about 3-5 mm long. Seed
cones (fruit)solitary, globose, 6-8 mm thick, purplish to black-brown, with a waxy bloom, ripening in the
- Sun, in well-drained soils. Will tolerate hot, dry landscape conditions.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 5 Native to Japan, Korea, northeastern China, and
- Temple Juniper: widely cultivated in temples and gardens in Japan for its bright foliage and weeping habit.
- rigida: rigid, a reference to its stiff needles.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: Peavy Arboretum, southeast of Peavy Lodge.