Ashe Juniper

Juniperus ashei

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Basic Information

Order

Pinales

Family

Cupressaceae

Size

10 - 32 ft

Leaf Color

Green

Leaf Complexity

Simple

Leaf Shape

Scale Like

Blooming Season

Winter

Bloom Color

Purple

Attracts

Wildlife

Danger

Juniper allergies are common and extremely irritating to many people.

Ashe Juniper Habitat

Ashe Junipers (Juniperus ashei) thrive in rocky canyons with well draining, sandy, limestone or clay based soils. They are extremely drought tolerant.

Ashe Juniper Facts

Ashe Junipers (Juniperus ashei) is a fragrant evergreen native to northern Mexico through Kansas. As with most junipers its pollen is extremely irritating to people with cedar allergies, thus it has been widely removed and cut down from its native habitat. Several bird species such as the Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo rely on Ashe Junipers for nesting nearly exclusively. Ashe Juniper declines have lead to dramatic reductions in both bird species. Its berries are an important food source for both birds and mammals, especially in the winter when food may be scare. The wood is naturally rot resistant and was uses extensively for fence posts, telephone poles and railroad ties. It is not uncommon to see an ashe juniper fencepost still in good condition 50 years after it was put into the ground. Its a relatively small tree and rarely grows taller than 30 ft. It is named after William Willard Ashe who was a influential forester for the United States Forest Service.

Ashe Juniper Distribution



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