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Trees of Wisconsin

Juniperus communis ( L.) Mill.
common juniper
Family: Cupressaceae
Juniper Shrub Juniper Shrub Juniper Needles
shrub shrub needles fruit

Juniperus communis is a spreading shrub that often forms large clones. The stiff and sharp-pointed leaves can be painful to handle. The leaves are all spreading and whorled on the twigs, i.e there are often three leaves at a node as opposed to the other Wisconsin Junipers which have 2 opposite, mostly small, scale-like and tightly appressed leaves at each node of the twig. There is usually a light-colored stripe along the length of the top surface of each leaf.

Common Juniper is found mostly along the shores of the Great Lakes, on sandy, sunny sites along the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers and in weedy sites on sandy, disturbed or rocky sites in Door County and on similar sites at scattered locations in southern Wisconsin.


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