Seaside Juniper

Juniperus maritima
  • Hul’qumi’num Name: p’tth’une’lhp
  • Description: Evergreen tree with peeling bark, growing to 15m or more. Leaves needle-like when young, scale-like with age. Glaucous green-blue cones borne on upturned branches.
  • Habitat: Coastal bluffs and rock outcrops. Never far from the ocean.
  • Harvest: Cones, or ‘juniper berries’, present in winter.
  • Edibility: Cones can be eaten fresh in moderation, and are used in various dishes and beverages.
  • Fun Fact: Can live up to 200 years. Prefers alkaline soils.

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