Juniperus monosperma
Common name: 
Oneseed Juniper
ju-NIP-er-us mon-o-SPER-ma
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Conifer, evergreen shrub/tree, up to 25 feet tall, occasionally nearly twice that, often shruby with several stems, short stout branches, often an open, rounded to irregular crown, bark exfoliating in strips.  Leaves scale-like, pointed, most are tight and crowded on the twig in opposite pairs (sometimes in 3s) resulting in a slightly square twig, vigorous shoots have awl-like leaves (about 15 mm) that point outward; foliage is yellowish-green to gray-green. Dioecious - male and female plants.  Fruit more or less spherical to oblong, 3-6 mm long, blue to chestnut brown (commonly), thin flesh, matures in a single season, one or occasionally 2 seeds.
  • Sun
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 7    Native range from Colorado to west Texas, New Mexico, Nevada and northern Mexico.
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  • plant habit

    plant habit

  • branchlets, leaves

    branchlets, leaves