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Granite Mtn - Tr 308
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Granite Mtn - Tr 308
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Little Thumb Butte
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Little Thumb Butte
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Granite Mtn - Tr 308
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Little Thumb Butte
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Plant Description

Origin: Native
General Description: Evergreen. Small, shrubby tree with single trunk before typical low branches and rounded crown. (Compare with multi-trunk one-seed juniper). Most common juniper in Arizona. Found in dry and rocky habitat. Often found with Pinyon pine.
Height: 20 feet     Width: 15 feet


Habitat

Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland
Elevation: 3000 - 7500 feet

Similar Species: Juniperus scopulorum


Flower Characteristics

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


Leaf Characteristics

Leaf Color: Yellow-green   Type: Scales   Shape: Other   Margin: Other   Attachment: Opposite   Hairs: N
Description: Small, compact and scale-like to 1/16 inches long. Most are tight to the twig in opposite pairs resulting in a slightly square twig. On vigorous shoots a few are awl-like and point away from the twig.
Spines: N


Fruit Characteristics

Color: Reddish-brown   Type: Berry-like   Description: Marble size berry-like cones to 3/4 inch in diamter (compare to pea size berries for the one-seed juniper). Reddish- brown with grayish waxy coating. One to two seeds per berry.


Bark Characteristics

Bark Color: Gray   Bark Texture (Mature): Shreddy or peeling   Bark and Branch Description: Shaggy, stringy with very irregular furrows and scaly ridges. Has a defined trunk to 1-1/2 feet in diameter. Twigs are slender, initially covered with tight, yellow-green, scale-like leaves and somewhat angular, later turning reddish-brown.

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