Juniperus communis

Family: Cupressaceae

Preferred Habitat: medium wet, well-drained soils in full sun

Range: Canada and Northern United States

Height: up to 4.5 meters (15 feet)

Leaves: needled, evergreen leaves, awl-shaped tapering to a spiny point, occurring in whorls of three and spread at right angles

Flowers: dioecious and insignificant, solitary and yellow

Fruit: berry-like cones are 1 cm in diameter, globose to ovate, and light green when young, becoming bluish or black when mature

Location spotted: Outside Shapiro Student Center of Brandeis University

Extra information: The cones from this species can be distilled as a source of gin