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Utah Juniper

Utah JuniperJuniperus osteosperma
Arizona Native

Together with pinyon pine, Utah juniper is the most common tree in the Southwest. Normally, this tree grows to about 15 feet, with a diameter of about 12 inches. The largest measured tree is on the Inyo National Forest in California and is 40 feet tall, with a girth of 21 feet, 8 inches.

Utah juniper is a commonly used for firewood throughout the Southwest. Hopi Indians of the Arizona use the juniper for medicine and ceremonial purposes. Navajo Indians use it for building material and for firewood.

For more information on Utah Juniper, visit the links below:

Virginia Tech Department of Forestry
The Gymnosperm Database



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