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Utah Juniper, Juniperus osteosperma.

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Utah Juniper, Juniperus osteosperma, Near Jacob's Lake Arizona. Also called: Shaggy Bark Juniper. Arizona Wild Flowers. Pictures, Photos, Images, Descriptions, Information, Reviews.
Utah Juniper, Juniperus osteosperma.
Near Jacob's Lake Arizona. 3-6-2007.
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Utah Juniper, Leaves.Utah Juniper, Cones.
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Juniperus osteosperma.
Limbs, & Bark.
Juniperus osteosperma.
Trunk, & Bark.

Utah Juniper.
Juniperus osteosperma, Cypress Family: ( Cupressaceae ), Utah Juniper. Also called: Shaggy Bark Juniper.

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A small, shrubby tree or large bush up to 25 feet tall; typically its branches are low to the ground and it develops a rounded crown.

Arizona has 3,666 species of native and naturalized plants in 1,003 genera and 145 families (Lehr and Pinkava, 1980).


Quick Notes:

Height: Up to 25 feet tall with a 25 foot crown spread.

Flowers: Monoecious; perfect, bell - shaped, 1/4 inch long, pinkish - white, ten to fifteen occurring in a tight grouped, hanging cluster, at the ends of its twigs.

Flowering Time: Mid March - May.

Buds: Buds monecious; males are small pale yellow in clusters at the ends of the twigs; the females are small, round, and light green.

Cones: Berry-like cones, round, 1/4 - 1/2 inch in diameter, bluish when young but turning reddish brown and dry when mature, usually 2 seeds per cone, (could have one), they mature over two growing seasons.

Seeds: One or two.

Leaves: Evergreen, scale-like, in opposite pairs, no glands so leaves lack any resin; yellow-green.

Bark: Gray, exfoliating with irregular furrows and scaly ridges; stays thin.

Found: Native to the USA (AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, UT, WY). Also found south into northern Mexico in northern Sonora, & northwestern Chihuahua.

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Elevation: 3,500 to 7,500 Feet.

Habitat: The woodland mosaic formed by Utah Juniper occurs primarily on the high plains, plateaus, mesas, canyons, foothills, and lower mountain slopes of the Colorado Plateau. Semi-desert, foothills. Woodlands. Dry and rocky soils. Associated Species are: Arizona Cypress, big sagebrush, Indian ricegrass.

Miscellaneous: Photos Taken Near Jacob's Lake, Arizona. 3-6-2007.

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