Juniperus osteosperma Cupressaceae
Utah Juniper ju-NIP-er-us
- Conifer, evergreen shrub or short trunked tree, 15-30 ft (4.5-9 m) tall, crowns rounded and full.
Branches spreading to ascending. Branchlets erect, 3 or 4-sided in cross section. Leaves
scale-like light yellow-green, each only 1-2 mm, usually not overlapping, keeled, apex rounded, acute or
occasionally obtuse, appressed. Seed cones maturing in 1-2 years, globose, mostly 6-9 mm, bluish
brown, often almost tan beneath glaucous coating, fibrous, with 1 (or 2) seeds, each 4-5 mm.
- Sun to light shade, well-drainged soil.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 3 The most common tree in the Great Basin and is widely distributed throughout the arid West.
It occasionally occurs in southern Idaho, southern Montana, and western Wyoming, and is common in Colorado,
Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, and southeastern California; usually found on dry, rocky soil and slopes. The dominant juniper in Utah and possibly
- osteosperma: from osteon, bony, and sperma, seed or germ, a bony or hard seed.