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.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 7 Native range from Colorado to west Texas, New Mexico, Nevada and northern Mexico.