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Northwest Conifers

Junipers and Cypress

In addition to the New World Cedars, the following members of the cypress family also grow in the Northwest.

Western JuniperWestern Juniper
 – Juniperus occidentalis

Leaves: Scaled, groups of 3, some awl-like

Cones: Bluish berries

Bark: Brown, becoming gray, flaky

Where: Dry areas east of the Cascades

  

Rocky Mt. JuniperRocky Mountain Juniper
 – Juniperus scopulorum

Needles: Scaled, in opposite pairs

Cones:  Small blue berry

Bark: Brown with shredded scales

Where: Dry areas in mountains east of the Cascades

  

Common JuniperCommon Juniper
 – Juniperus communis

Form: Low spreading shrub

Leaves: Awl shaped, under 1"

Cones: Berry-like, .3"

Where: Alpine areas

  

Modoc CypressModoc Cypress
 – Cupressus bakeri

Leaves: Scaled, gray-green

Cones: up to 1", round

Bark: Brown, smooth, then peeling

Where: Rare in southwest Oregon

  

Modoc CypressMacNab Cypress
 – Cupressus macnabaina

Leaves: Scaled, white resin dots

Cones: up to 1", round

Bark: Brown, furrowed

Where: Rare in southwest Oregon

  

Modoc CypressSargent Cypress
 – Cupressus sargentii

Leaves: Scaled, gray-green

Cones: up to 1", round

Bark: Brown, furrowed

Where: Rare in southwest Oregon

  

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