AppearanceThe shoots are fairly thick compared to most junipers, 1.5–2 mm diameter. The leaves are arranged in opposite decussate pairs or whorls of three; the adult leaves are scale-like, 1–2 mm long and 1–1.5 millimetres broad.
The juvenile leaves are needle-like, 5–10 mm long. The cones are berry-like, 8–13 millimetres in diameter, blue-brown with a whitish waxy bloom, and contain a single seed; they are mature in about 18 months. The male cones are 2–4 millimetres long, and shed their pollen in early spring. It is largely monoecious with both sexes on the same plant, but around 10% of plants are dioecious, producing cones of only one sex.
HabitatIt grows at moderate altitudes of 1,300–2,600 metres, on dry soils, often together with ''Pinus monophylla''.
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