A large group of related plants in cypress  family Cupressaceae, including species common juniper  Juniperus communis, creeping juniper  Juniperus horizontalis and ◼︎ eastern red cedar  Juniperus virginiana.   Please let us know which other species you would like to see here, using the button at the bottom of this page.

Different species are native worldwide, mostly in the northern hemisphere.

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)

Juniperus hosts caterpillars of 41 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.

Junipers are the winter host for fungal disease trellis rust (TR)  Gymnosporangium sabinae (.pdf).   Which then transfers to nearby 🍐︎ pear  genus Pyrus as the summer host.  Then back again!  So in areas that may have this disease, do not plant these two hosts within 300 m (1000 ft) of each other!

Male trees score most allergenic (10 out of 10) on the OPALS™ Ogren Plant Allergy Scale.

Junipers are 🌲︎ conifers, which:

Junipers violate both these rules, with seed cones that are fleshy and berry-like.

Learn more about juniper genus Juniperus (Juniperus spp.)

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