Juniperus grandis, known as Sierra juniper, Sierra western juniper, and western juniper, is a tree or tall shrub that is endemic to the Western United States. It is sometimes considered a variety of subspecies of Juniperus occidentalis, which is also known as western juniper.
|Natural range in light green (dark green is Juniperus occidentalis)|
Juniperus occidentalis var. australis (Vasek) A.H. Holmgren & N.H. Holmgren
Juniperus grandis is a medium-sized tree, growing 12–26 metres (39–85 ft) tall. It has a stout trunk with red-brown bark, growing up to 3 metres (9.8 ft) in diameter.
Distribution and habitatEdit
Juniperus grandis is native to the Sierra Nevada in eastern California and western Nevada; and the White and Inyo Mountains, San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mountains, and higher elevations of Mojave Desert mountains, in Southern California.
It is found in exposed, dry, rocky slopes, flats, pinyon-juniper woodland, and Temperate coniferous forest habitats, including the Sierra Nevada upper montane forest and Sierra Nevada subalpine zone ecoregions. It grows at elevations of 100–3,100 metres (330–10,170 ft).
- Jepson eFlora: Juniperus grandis . accessed 2.2.2017.
- CalFlora: Juniperus grandis
- USDA Plants Profile for Juniperus grandis (western juniper)
- Adams, R. P., S. Nguyen, J. A. Morris and A. E. Schwarzbach. 2006. Re-examination of the taxonomy of the one-seeded, serrate leaf Juniperus of southwestern United States and northern Mexico (Cupressaceae). Phytologia 88(3):299-310.
- "Juniperus grandis R.P.Adams". Plants of the World Online. Royal Botanical Gardens Kew. Retrieved 9 July 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)