Common Juniper - Juniperus communis
(see State Rank Reason below)
MNPS Threat Rank
State Rank Reason (see State Rank above)
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Score0 - Large: Generally >100,000 individuals.
Score0 - Widespread species within Montana (occurs in 5% or more of the state or generally occurring in 6 or more sub-basins.) as well as outside of Montana.
Area of Occupancy
Score0 - High: Occurs in >25 Subwatersheds (6th Code HUC’s).
Score0 - Low: Species is a generalist that occurs in a variety of habitats and/or is tolerant of disturbed or degraded habitats (C -Values of 1-4).
Score0 - Stable or Increasing: Population size, range, and/or available habitat stable, increasing or fluctuating in the recent past (approximately 30 years).
Score0 - Low: Impacts, if any, to the species are expected to be minor or insignificant (affecting <10% of populations) in severity, scope and immediacy.
Score0 - Low Vulnerability: Species does not have any unusual or specific life history or biological attributes or limted reproductive potential which makes it susceptible to extirpation from stochastic events or other adverse impacts to its habitat and thus slow to recover.
Raw Conservation Status Score
0 total points scored out of a possible 19.
Rounded shrub with prostrate to erect stems up to 1 m. Bark brown, fibrous. Leaves stiff, needle-like, 5–20 mm long, whitish on lower surface, in whorls of 3, jointed where they meet the stem. Seed cones maturing in 2 years, bluish-black, 4–7 mm long, seeds 2 to 3 (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
Across much of MT apart from northeast; Eurasia, AK to Greenland south to CA, AZ, NM, IL, and SC (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).
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Drier forests, forest margins, open slopes, outcrops and rock slides at all but the highest elevations (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
- Literature Cited AboveLegend: View Online Publication
- Great Plains Flora Association (McGregor, R.L., coordinator, and T.M. Barkley, R.E. Brooks, and E.K. Schofield - eds.). 1986. Flora of the Great Plains. Lawrence, KS: Univ. Press Kansas. 1392 pp.
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- Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
- Little, E.L., Jr. 1979. Checklist of United States trees (native and naturalized). Agriculture Handbook No. 541. U.S. Forest Service, Washington, D.C. 375 pp.
- Tirmenstein, D. 1999a. Juniperus communis. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online}. U. S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer).