Monday, October 15, 2012

Juniperus occidentalis Hook.

Western Juniper

Ranging in size from large shrub to trees, western junipers are beautiful and gnarly plants. Found growing between roughly 325-10500 ft. thought out the eastern edge of the state, western junipers can achieve an impressive height. The "berries" of this species are in fact modified, fleshy cones, as junipers are gymnosperms, and do not produce a true fruit like that of an angiosperm (flowering plant).

Western juniper, like most junipers, is classified by the California Poison Control System as being a minorly toxic plant.

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