Juniperus scopulorum (Rocky Mountain Juniper)

Order Pinales, Family Cupressaceae, Genus Juniperus

Juniperus scopulorum, a "scale-leaf Juniper" is a beautiful tree occuring globally throughout the northern hemisphere. It is quite common in lower elevations of the Southwestern U.S, where it has several cousins: Utah Juniper (Juniperus osteosperma, One-seed Juniper (Juniperus monosperma ), and Alligator Juniper (Juniperus deppeana). The genus name Sabina has been applied to this plant, but seems to be referring to a plant in western and central Asia and the mountains of central and southern Europe. Stay tuned.

 

This female tree has a beautiful crop of berries.

 

This individual has been scarred by wire fencing.