|Utah Juniper is a
member of the Cypress Family. It
is a large tree with gray, shaggy bark which grows to
feet in height. Leaves are
yellowish green and scale like and grow to
1/16 inches in length. The plant typically grows
in dry hills, plains, plateaus and mountains in pinyon-juniper forests at elevations between
3000 - 7500 feet. Cones are reddish brown and covered with a grayish
green, waxy coating and contain 1 or 2 seeds to 3/4 inches in diameter.
used the berries of the Utah Juniper for beads and medicine and
wood for firewood, posts and hogans.
Utah Juniper is the most common type of
juniper in Arizona. It can be distinguished from the One Seeded
Juniper by the fact that it typically has a single prominent trunk,
where the One Seeded Juniper has multiple branched trunks growing from