Cypress Family: Cupressaceae
Latin Name: Juniperus erythrocarpa
(synonym: Juniperus pinchotti)
Wildlife – fair
Livestock – poor
Other common names, “Pinchot Juniper”. Growth form is a scraggly evergreen shrub or small tree, 3 to 20 feet tall. It has multiple stems, the leaves are scale-like and are aromatic when handled. Fruit ripens August to September, female plants only. This juniper is poor forage quality for wildlife and livestock. The seeds are consumed by several species of birds and small mammals. Redberry juniper is a very hardy plant and will root sprout following a fire. Adapted to gravelly, rocky, limestone hills and gypsum soils.