Redberry juniper, Pinchot juniper

Juniperus pinchotii Sudw.

Cupressaceae (Cypress family)


Redberry juniper is a perennial, cool- and warm-season native. This spreading, bushy tree in the Cypress family grows up to 10 feet tall and does not develop a central stem. Its bark is gray, thin and scalelike and peels off in narrow strips.

The leaves have resin-producing glands that produce white specks on the leaves. The leaves grow in dark green masses and are very slender, thin and sharp pointed. The fruit is red or reddish brown when mature.

This tree provides poor grazing for wildlife and livestock.


Redberry juniper is most common on dry rocky or gravelly soils, usually on open hills or flats. It is also found along creeks and drainage areas.