Rocky Mountain Juniper

Juniperus scopulorum

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Juniperus scopulorum (Rocky Mountain juniper) is a species of juniper 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 metres (1,600–8,900 ft) on dry soils, often together with other juniper species. "Scopulorum" means "of the mountains.

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The tree I am working on is the Rocky Mountain Juniper and it is a native western American species. Mostly found in Canada, British Columbia, and Southwest Alberta. It is also found in the United States from Washington east to North Dakota and through the Rocky Mountain states. The buds can be ⅛ inches. The buds are the same color as the leaves, but hard to see from the leaves. The leaf surface is prickly. This tree prefers deep moist drained loam, but will tolerate sandy soil.

The wood of this tree is used for the fence post, cedar chests, and medicines. Heartwood is decay resistant. The fruit on the tree is used in alcohol products. It can be used medicinally for colds, coughs, sore throat, diarrhea, bleeding, treatment for cancer, fevers, stomach aches, and arthritis. The bark is called flat ridge bark. The color of the bark is a reddish brown.

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By Diego, age 12

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