Coniferous Shrubs )
Cypress and Juniper Family (Cupressaceae)
Habitat: Montane to Subalpine
Height: Up to 30 cm
Description: Like the common juniper, the creeping juniper grows in carpet like mat. It is coniferous in nature, but it tends to stay very low to the ground. The needles are unlike any of our other low shrubs. They are scale-like and soft, joining the branch in an opposite pattern. The berry-like cones take two years to form. When they first form, they are green in colour. By the second year, they turn blue-black, and become covered with a blue, waxy material.
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