Juniperus californica
Common name: 
California Juniper
California White Cedar
Desert White Cedar
Pronunciation: 
ju-NIP-er-us kal-i-FORN-i-ka
Family: 
Cupressaceae
Genus: 
Synonyms: 
Juniperus cedrosiana
Type: 
Conifer
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Evergreen shrub or tree to 25 ft (~8 m), multi-stemmed (seldom single-stemmed). Branches spreading to ascending, crown rounded. Bark gray, exfoliating in thin strips, that of branchlets smooth. Branchlets round in cross section, with light green, scale-like adult leaves, 1-2 mm, in opposite pairs or whorls of three, closely appressed, rarely overlapping, with conspicuous glands. The juvenile leaves (on seedlings only) are awl-like, 5 – 10 mm long.  Generally dioecious – male and female cones on different plants. Pollen cone oblong, 2-3 mm. Seed cones maturing in 1 year, globose, 8-12 mm, bluish waxy covering, maturing to red-brown, containing 1 or 2 seeds.
  • Full sun, drought resistant.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 8    Native to California, southern Nevada and western Arizona and into Baja Califronia.
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