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Native Junipers You Should Know

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You may have noticed Juniperus virginiana growing along the freeways in Milwaukee County. They are the tall, upright growing evergreens that turn a bronze-purple color in the winter. They freely reproduce in rugged situations and are among our best native pioneer species to heal the land. It is an incredibly urban tolerant plant. It’s able to withstand salt spray and inhospitable conditions. Juniperus virginiana is dioecious, so some plants are males with only staminate flowers and others are female with the ability to bear cones that look much more like berries than true cones. These cones are sky-blue or navy blue in color. The berry-like cones are very attractive to a wide range of birds.


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