California Juniper Tree Information

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California Juniper grows in the following 6 states and provinces:

Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Nevada

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The Juniperus Californica is commonly known as the California Juniper as well as Desert White Cedar.

The currently accepted scientific name of California juniper is Juniperus californica Carr. . There are no recognized varieties or subspecies.

California juniper is distributed from Shasta County, California, south as far as Baja California Norte . California juniper occurs through the inner Coast Ranges and in interior cismontane southern California to the western slope of the southern Sierra Nevada. It occurs on desert slopes from the western edge of the Colorado Desert and Joshua Tree National Monument to Kern County, California . California juniper also occurs in isolated parts of Nevada and Arizona, near their border with California . It is cultivated in Hawaii .

California juniper is codominant primarily with singleleaf pinyon (Pinus monophylla) in the pinyon-juniper type. This type occupies lower elevations than the Utah juniper (Juniperus osteosperma) type . California juniper is an understory associate in the blue oak (Quercus douglasii)-narrowleaf goldenweed (Haplopappus linearfolius) community found in the central and southern coastal foothills . It also occurs frequently as a scattered tree in grasslands, in interior live oak woodlands (Quercus wislizenii), and microsites in chaparral . On the desert side of mountain ranges, it is associated with desert chaparral . California juniper is an indicator of Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia) woodland and occurs in widely dispersed small groves in southern California . California juniper is listed as a codominant or dominant species in the following classifications: Desert scrub communities in the Sonoran Desert of California and Arizona . General vegetation communities of southern California . General vegetation plant associations of southern California . Desert vegetation community types of the Mojave Desert of southern California . Pinyon-juniper community types of San Bernadino Mountains of California .

Some of the information provided here is attributed to:Cope, Amy B. 1992. Juniperus californica. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online]. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). , available at the USDA Fire Effects Information System (FEIS) website