Juniperus rigida, Temple Juniper

Tips for identifying Juniperus: leaves scaled or sharp and needle-like, cones gray to bluish and berry-like

Size: tree, 20' average height at maturity

Leaves: evergreen, needle spreading, linear-subulate, tapering from middle into spiny extremely sharp point, in whorls of 3, upper surface grooved with glaucous stomatal band, .33-.75" long, bright green with band of white on upper surface, triangular in cross-section

Flowers: dioecious, females bear black edible fruit, cones globose, .25-.33" wide, brownish black, blooming prolifically, ripening in second year, seeds 1-3 in each scale

Habit: pyramidal, upright, open, and drooping