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Drooping Juniper Juniperus flaccida


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Drooping Juniper
© Norman G. Flaigg

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Alternate name: Weeping Juniper, Mexican Drooping Juniper

Family: Cupressaceae, Cypress view all from this family

Description Small tree or shrub. Crown rounded. Branches spreading, drooping. Bark red brown, stringy vertical fissuring. Shoots strongly pendulous, 1-1.2 mm diameter, in flattened sprays. Leaves arranged in opposite decussate pairs; the adult leaves scale-like, 2-4 mm long (to 7 mm on lead shoots) and 1-1.5 mm broad. Juvenile leaves (on young seedlings) needle-like, 5-10 mm long. Cones berry-like, 8-20 mm in diameter, green maturing brown, and contain 6-12 seeds (the most seeds per cone of any juniper); mature in about 18 months. Male cones 3-5 mm long, and shed pollen in spring. Largely dioecious, producing cones of only one sex on each tree.

Dimensions Height: 9 m. (30 ft.)
Diameter: 0.3-0.6 m. (1-2 ft.).

Habitat Mountains, Canyons & valleys.

Range Texas.

Discussion Most common juniper in Mexico. Birds and mammals consume fleshy cones. Arizona gray foxes in the Sierra Madres of Chihuahua, Mexico, also eat the cones.