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Rocky Mountain Juniper - Fresh Seeds

Rocky Mountain Juniper - Fresh Seeds


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Rocky Mountain Juniper - Fresh Seeds

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Juniperus scopulorum - Rocky Mountain Juniper

This listing is for a pack of 10 seeds.

Juniperus scopulorum (Rocky Mountain Juniper) is native to western North America, in Canada in British Columbia and southwest Alberta, in the United States from Washington east to North Dakota, south to Arizona and also locally western Texas, and northernmost Mexico from Sonora east to Coahuila. It grows at altitudes of 500-2,700 m on dry soils, often together with other juniper species.

It is a small tree reaching 5-15 m (rarely to 20 m) tall, with a trunk up to 1 m (rarely 2 m) diameter. The shoots are slender, 0.7-1.2 mm diameter. The leaves are arranged in opposite pairs, or occasionally in whorls of three; the adult leaves are scale-like, 1-2 mm long (to 5 mm on lead shoots) and 1-1.5 mm broad. The juvenile leaves (on young seedlings only) are needle-like, 5-10 mm long. The seed cones are berry-like,  6-9 mm in diameter, dark blue with a pale blue-white waxy bloom, and contain two seeds (rarely one or three); they are mature in about 18 months. The pollen cones are 2-4 mm long, and shed their pollen in early spring. It is dioecious, producing cones of only one sex on each tree.

One particular individual, the Jardine Juniper in Utah, is thought to be over 1500 years old, while a dead trunk found in New Mexico was found to have 1,888 rings; older trees in the same area are suspected to exceed 2,000 years.

It is closely related to Juniperus virginiana, and often hybridizes with it where their ranges meet on the Great Plains. Hybrids with Juniperus horizontalis also occur.

Easy from seed following the instructions provided, it can be used as a garden tree or, due to its natural slow growing nature, it can be used for bonsai or container use.

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Variety Juniper
Item Subtype Juniperus
Item Type scopularum
Sub-Type Trees
Type Seeds
Condition New

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