California juniper, Juniperus californica, at Joshua Tree National Park

CALIFORNIA JUNIPER

Juniperus californica

Cupressaceae

California juniper is a shrub or small tree scattered throughout California in pinyon-juniper woodland, foothill woodland, creosote bush scrub, and it is an indicator of Joshua tree woodland. It is generally found at lower elevations than Utah juniper (Juniperus osteosperma). Here shown in April at Joshua Tree National Park, in front of a creosote bush (Larrea tridentata), with which it is frequently associated.

close-up of berry-like cones of California juniper

Photographed in April, abundant berry-like cones are said to be bluish brown to reddish brown when mature.

flowers of creosote bush (Larrea tridentata)

Creosote bush flowering in April