SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA and Red Butte Garden - Salt Lake City, UT
Shrubby drought tolerant tree. A tea made from the leaves of this tree has been used by native americans to treat tooth aches.
Has fragrant Leaf.
Native to Southwestern United States.
Trees may be referred to as male or female.
A Juniperus osteosperma in Inyo National Forest is registered as a California Big Tree. It measures 40 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 260 inches and a crown spread of 56 feet.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 20 - 35 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity 50 to 150 years.
Leaves Scalelike, Light Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Inconspicuous. Flowers in Spring. Has either male or female flowers (dioecious). Trees may be sold as male or female.
Mostly Blue Cone, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Fall or Winter Wildlife use it.
Bark Dark Gray or Light Gray, Exfoliating, Fibrous or Furrowed.
Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 1 - 24.
USDA Hardiness Zones 3 - 9.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Moist to Dry Soil.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Resistant to Texas Root Rot. Susceptible to Aphids, Beetle Borers and Spider Mites, Armillaria, Root Rot and Rust.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium Strong.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
None Known Health Hazard.
Desirable Wildlife Plant.
Wildlife use Fruit.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Juniperus osteosperma Tree Record." 1995-2018. May 20, 2018.
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