Ground Juniper

Juniperus communis

Family Cupressaceae


Notable Features
Leaves: Needles hollow, occurring in bundles of three (whorls*), with dark green tops and whitened undersides. Leaves can be either scale-like or sharp and three-sided. Often, both types are present on the same twig; ¼ to 7/8 inches (6-22 millimeters) in length.
Fruit: Dark blue-black berries appear summer through autumn, and are covered in a fine whitish powder.
Size/Shape: A low, ground shrub* which does not usually exceed 4 feet (1 1/3 meters) in height.

Location on Campus

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There are several specimens on campus, but one of the best is growing just South of the Abelson physics building.

Uses
The berries can be collected during the summer and fall, ground, and used as a seasoning for roast lamb or veal.

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