Book of Mediterranean Trees, Shrubs and Climbers


Juniperus oxycedrus  Prickly Juniper
Family Cupressaceae
Genus Juniperus  [ju-NIP-er-us]  old L. name
Species oxycedrus   
Properties shrub
Juniperus oxycedrus (prickly juniper, prickly cedar, cade juniper and cade (from the French genévrier cade), sharp cedar) is a species of juniper, native across the Mediterranean region from Morocco and Portugal, north to southern France, east to westernmost Iran, and south to Lebanon and Israel, growing on a variety of rocky sites from sea level up to 1600 m altitude. The specific epithet oxycedrus means "sharp cedar" and this species may have been the original cedar or cedrus of the ancient Greeks.
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