Juniper

Juniperus spp.


Juniper is a very common planted shrub of which there are many cultivated varieties although wild juniper can be found in places such as abandoned fields. It can grow in a matlike form, in sprays that grow out of the ground at 45-degree angles (as at left), or rarely as a small tree. This juniper was found planted south of the Abelson-Bass-Yalem Physics building at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.
Juniper leaves may be scaly but not flattened, as seen to the right, or they may be three-sided and more needle-like. Both kinds of leaves can be found on the same plant.
The reproductive structure of the juniper is a blue berry-like fruit. The flavoring for gin is derived from these berries.


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