Evergreen shrub or small tree to 5 m (15 ft) tall with several trunks to 10 cm (4 in) in diameter. Crown extends to the base, dense and usually rounded. Bark thin, brown to gray, divided into scaly ridges. Twigs thin, gray, rough. Leaves mostly in threes in six rows on the twigs, scalelike, about 1.5 mm (0.06 in) long, yellow-green, blunt, with a gland dot. Cones red-brown, hard and dry, about 10 mm (0.4 in) in diameter.
Distribution: Native to scattered locations on the high plains from northwestern Oklahoma to northern Mexico.
Habitat: Rocky slopes and gypsum hills.
NWI status: none
Comment: Juniperus is the ancient classical name for the old-world junipers; pinchotii honors the American forester and conservationist Gifford Pinchot.
Distribution in Oklahoma:
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Last update: 9/14/99
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