Juniperus scopulorum

Sargent
Gard. & Forest 10: 420, fig. 54. 1897.
Common names: Rocky Mountain juniper Rocky Mountain redcedar
Synonyms: Sabina scopulorum (Sargent) Rydberg
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 2.

Trees dioecious, to 20 m, single-stemmed (rarely multistemmed); crown conic to occasionally rounded. Bark brown, exfoliating in thin strips, that of small branchlets (5–10 mm diam.) smooth, that of larger branchlets exfoliating in plates. Branches spreading to ascending; branchlets erect to flaccid, 3–4-sided in cross section, ca. 2/3 or less as wide as length of scalelike leaves. Leaves light to dark green but often glaucous blue or blue-gray, abaxial gland elliptic, conspicuous, exudate absent, margins entire (at 20× and 40×); whip leaves 3–6 mm, not glaucous adaxially; scalelike leaves 1–3 mm, not overlapping to overlapping by not more than 1/5 their length, keeled to rounded, apex obtuse to acute, appressed or spreading. Seed cones maturing in 2 years, of 2 distinct sizes, generally with straight peduncles, globose to 2-lobed, 6–9 mm, appearing light blue when heavily glaucous, but dark blue-black beneath glaucous coating when mature (or tan beneath glaucous coating when immature), resinous to fibrous, with (1–)2(–3) seeds. Seeds 4–5 mm. 2n = 22.


Habitat: Rocky soils, slopes, and eroded hillsides
Elevation: 1200–2700 m (0 m at Vancouver Island and Puget Sound)

Distribution

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Alta., B.C., Ariz., Colo., Idaho, Mont., Nebr., Nev., N.Mex., N.Dak., Oreg., S.Dak., Utah, Wash., Wyo., n Mexico.

Discussion

Juniperus scopulorum hybridizes with its eastern relative J. virginiana in zones of contact in the Missouri River basin (C. W. Comer et al. 1982) and with J. horizontalis (J. × fassettii Boivin; N. C. Fassett 1945). Relictual hybridization with J. virginiana is known in the Texas panhandle (R. P. Adams 1983).

Selected References

None.

Lower Taxa

None.

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Rocky Mountain juniper +  and Rocky Mountain redcedar +
Alta. +, B.C. +, Ariz. +, Colo. +, Idaho +, Mont. +, Nebr. +, Nev. +, N.Mex. +, N.Dak. +, Oreg. +, S.Dak. +, Utah +, Wash. +, Wyo. +  and n Mexico. +
1200–2700 m (0 m at Vancouver Island and Puget Sound) +
Rocky soils, slopes, and eroded hillsides +
Gard. & Forest +
Sabina scopulorum +
Juniperus scopulorum +
Juniperus sect. Sabina +
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