Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database


Juniperus communis (Common Juniper)

Kingdom

 Plantae Plants

Subkingdom

 Tracheobionta Vascular plants

Superdivision

 Spermatophyta Seed plants

Division

 Coniferophyta Conifers

Class

 Pinopsida

Order

 Pinales

Family

 Cupressaceae Cypress family

Genus

 Juniperus L. juniper

Species

 Juniperus communis L. common juniper

Variety

 Juniperus communis L. var. saxatilis Pall. common juniper

This is a far-reaching tree form of juniper, which can be found in regions of North America, Asia, and Europe.

While junipers are mostly considered coniferous shrubs, this one reaches from 6-20 and can be as wide with an upright habit.

Expect it to grow larger in lower elevations.

Sun and good drainage are all that is necessary to grow this drought tolerant plant once it is established.

The berries appear at about 3 years of age and have long been used to flavor gin.

Native Americans used the reddish brown bark and the needles to make medicine for upper respiratory ailments.

Common Juniper can be grown in USDA zones 1-9 and is very adaptable.

   
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