Book of Mediterranean Trees, Shrubs and Climbers


Juniperus communis  Common Juniper
Family Cupressaceae
Genus Juniperus  [ju-NIP-er-us]  old L. name
Species communis  [kom-MU-nis]  common
Properties tree
Juniperus communis, the common juniper, is a species of conifer in the genus Juniperus, in the family Cupressaceae. It has the largest geographical range of any woody plant, with a circumpolar distribution throughout the cool temperate Northern Hemisphere from the Arctic south in mountains to around 30°N latitude in North America, Europe and Asia. Relict populations can be found in the Atlas Mountains of Africa.
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