Flora of the Southeastern United States
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Juniperus Linnaeus. Red Cedar, Juniper, Savin.

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A genus of about 60 species, trees and shrubs, of temperate, boreal, and subtropical regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Various species of Juniperus, especially creeping species, are frequently used in landscaping. Molecular studies suggest that section Juniperus (J. communis in our area) and section Sabina are quite divergent (Adams & Demeke 1993). Small's (1933) recognition of the genus Sabina may prove to be warranted; some modern authors accept it (especially Europeans) and recent molecular evidence provides some support.

Ref: Adams (1986); Adams (1993) In Flora of North America Editorial Committee (1993b); Adams (1995); Adams (2008a); Adams (2008b); Adams (2008c); Adams (2008d); Adams (2014); Adams & Demeke (1993); Adams & Schwarzbach (2012); Adams & Schwarzbach (2013); Adams et al. (2016); Page In Kramer & Green (1990). Show full citations.

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image of plant© Alan Cressler: Juniperus communis var. depressa, Satulah Mountain, Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust, Macon County, North Carolina 1 by Alan Cressler source