Juniperus formosana Hayata

Prickly Cypress

Prostrate shrub to small, narrow tree with drooping branch tips. Leaves needle-like, in 3's at a stem joint, sharp pointed, 10-15 mm long with 2 bands on the upper surface. Fruit 6-10 mm wide, light brown. Seeds 2-3.


Similar to J. oxycedrus but the leaves are soft and point slightly forwards, also the cones, which are rarely borne in cultivation, are dark purple with a grey bloom.

TAS: Hobart (Royal Tas. Bot. Gds).

Source: Spencer, R. (1995). Cupressaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 1, Ferns, conifers & their allies. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Pinopsida
order     Pinales
family      Cupressaceae
genus       Juniperus L.