JUNIPER occurs worldwide in many species, but in BC only the Rocky Mountain juniper (Juniperus scopulorum) reaches tree size. It inhabits the southern Interior, the GULF ISLANDS and scattered parts of VANCOUVER ISLAND, appearing most notably on rock ledges and in crevices close by the ocean. Its round blue cones resemble berries and carry the distinctive smell of gin, which they are used to flavour. The tree is too small and scattered to be commercially significant.

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