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Juniperus communis

Ground Juniper

Family Cupressaceae


Use
Seasoning. Berries can be crushed to make a seasoning for meats.




Description

Growth Form: Flattened shrub prostrate to ground. Sometimes upright forming a small tree.

Leaves: Needles measuring one half inch. Sharp pointed, hollow, 3-sided, and white above. Found in whorls of 3. No petiole.

 


Ground Juniper (Emily Silver, Waltham MA)
Leaves


Ground Juniper (Emily Silver, Waltham MA)Whole Plant



Fruits:
Pea-sized blackish berry growing throughout a branch. Require 3 growing seasons to mature.

Bark: Thin (less than 1/4 inch thick), shaggy, and red- to gray-brown.


Habitat and Range

Rocky, poor soil. Canada south to Minnesota. In mountains south to Tennessee and Georgia.

Season

Summer-Fall.


Ground Juniper (Emily Silver, Waltham MA)
Fruit



Fun Facts

Juniper berries are the main flavor in Gin.

Recipe for Juniper Marinade!






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