Utah Juniper (Juniperus osteosperma)
[ Trees > Conifers > Cedars & Junipers . . . ] Forest Type: Pinyon-juniper, Sonoran
by Michael Kuo
Habitat: Usually in more or less pure stands, sometimes mixed with pinyon pine; in deserts from 5000–8000 feet.
Stature: 15–25 feet high; up to 2 feet in diameter; spreading and irregular, with an open, rounded crown.
Needles: Scale-like and tightly pressed to branchlets; yellowish green.
Bark: Thin; in strips that begin to peel away; grayish brown.
Fruit: Berry-like; under 3/4 inch in diameter; reddish brown underneath a bluish-white coating; tips roughened with fairly prominent ridges and marks.
Utah juniper is frequently beset with insect galls that look almost like leafy cones (see illustration), as well as drooping yellow clusters of juniper mistletoe.
Frequently Associated Mushrooms:
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Kuo, M. (2019, September). Utah Juniper (Juniperus osteosperma). Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/trees/juniperus_osteosperma.html