Conifer, evergreen, trees or shrubs, wide variation in growth habit. Bark of trunk and main branches usually thin, shredding. Leaves, opposite, needle-like or scale-like, always needle-like on young plants, mature plants may have both leaf forms. Berry-like cones, maturing to a dark blue or bluish-black, ripening in second or third year. They are some of the toughest evergreen landscape plants, and because of this they are often overused. Some seem to develop into a monster.
Juniperus: Latin name for the juniper