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