Shrub or small tree up to 20 meters, slender crown with drooping branches. The bark is thin, stringy, and reddish-brown. The leaves are pointy, sharp and needle-like when young, with age they become smooth and scale-like. The cone is berry-like, bluish purple with a white powdery coating.
|Height and Spread
|up to 20 m (65 ft.)
|none – but cones are berry-like and bluish purple in colour.
|September – October
|Light and Water
|The plant was used as a body deoderant to conceal a hunter’s smell from animals. Used during funeral services and to fend off spirits that may still be restless. Boughs were used as a fumigant and incense. The tough wood was used for bows and digging sticks, as well as fuel for smoking hides.
|Rocky Mountain juniper offers year-round shelter for birds and invertebrates. The berry-like cones are an acceptable food source for birds and bears.
|Works well in dry, rocky soils. The foliage is attractive in most settings. It can be pruned into formal garden shrubs, used as a visual screen, or planted as focal points in hedges.
|Juniper berries are used to make gin, and its aromatic wood makes excellent cedar closets. It is also used for shakes, shingles, poles and posts.