Juniperus rigida
Common name: 
Temple Juniper,
Needle Juniper
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Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Conifer, evergreen, shrub or a tree to about 30 ft (~10 m) high with a single trunk, open habit, branchlets had a graceful weeping habit on older trees.  Bark dull gray, fibrous, shallowly fissured.   Adult leaves in whorls of 3, needle-like, about 1-2 cm long and only 1 mm wide, standing straight out from the point of attachment, very sharply pointed, deep to gray-green, with a narrow, deep, white stomatal furrow, edges smooth.  Dioecious - male and female structures on separate plants, rarely monoecious.  Pollen cones solitary in leaf axils, about 3-5 mm long.  Seed cones (fruit)solitary, globose, 6-8 mm thick, purplish to black-brown, with a waxy bloom, ripening in the second year.
  • Sun, in well-drained soils.  Will tolerate hot, dry landscape conditions.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 5     Native to Japan, Korea, northeastern China, and southeastern Russia.
  • Temple Juniper: widely cultivated in temples and gardens in Japan for its bright foliage and weeping habit.
  • rigida: rigid, a reference to its stiff needles
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: Peavy Arboretum, southeast of Peavy Lodge.
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  • plant habit

    plant habit

  • branchlets


  • needle-like leaves

    needle-like leaves

  • needles


  • needle, underside

    needle, underside