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NW of Mingus Mtn - Perkinsville Rd
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Pioneer Park
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Seven mile Gulch - Tr 354
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Prescott,Southview subdivision
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Forest Trails
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County Rd 65A
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Ponderosa Park Area
Plant Description

Origin: Native
General Description: Evergreen. Upright. Short trunk with a wide spreading rounded or pyramidal crown. Grows slowly. Young trees look similar to other Junipers. Important source of food for wildlife. Found in dry hills and mesas.
Height: 40 feet     Width: 20 feet


Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest, Riparian
Elevation: 4500 - 8000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Yellow or green   Shape: Inconspicuous in clusters     Tubular: N   Flowering Period: Feb - Mar
Description: Dioecious. Males are small pale yellow in large clusters at ends of twigs. Females are small, round pale green.

Leaf Characteristics

Leaf Color: Blue-green   Type: Scales   Shape: Other   Margin: Smooth   Attachment: Opposite   Hairs: N
Description: Pointed and scale-like leaves to 1/16 inch long. Twigs quadrate (4-sided). Dense on branches. Often have drops of resin.
Spines: N

Fruit Characteristics

Color: Bluish-gray   Type: Berry-like   Description: Bluish-gray and fleshy but turns brown on maturing. Marble size berries to 1/2 inch in diameter with 4 seeds. Cones do not mature until second year.

Bark Characteristics

Bark Color: Gray   Bark Texture (Mature): Rough   Bark and Branch Description: Checkered, thick and deeply furrowed alligator-like bark distinctive in mature trees. Bark broken into square plates from 1 to 2 inches. Trunk to 4 feet in diameter. Reddish-brown twigs slender and somewhat angular.

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