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One-Seed Juniper

Natural History

One-Seed Juniper is a member of the Cypress Family. The tree grows to 25 feet in height and has gray fibrous bark and a trunk to 1.5 feet in diameter. Leaves are yellowish green and scale like and grow to 1/16 inches in length. The tree typically grows in plains, plateaus and foothills in pinyon-juniper forests at elevations between 3000 - 7000 feet. Cones are reddish brown and covered with a bluish green, waxy coating and contain 1 seed to 1/4 inch in diameter.

Cones of the One-Seed Juniper are eaten by wildlife while humans use its aromatic wood for fuel and fence posts.

One-Seed Juniper can be distinguished from the Arizona Juniper by the fact that it typically has multiple branched trunks growing from ground level giving it a spherical appearance, where-as the Arizona Juniper has a single prominent trunk.

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