Among the three subspecies of juniper in our territory, the one we find here is the only one that grows arboreal in size, reaching 15 m in height, although it often appears as a large, branchy shrub with brown bark grayish or reddish that comes off in longitudinal strips. It is an austere species, adapted to the extreme continental climate, of cold winters and dry summers, which in our territory appears above all in mountain areas.
It adapts to any type of soil, even the poor and stony ones, although it prefers limestones, where it colonizes the substrate before being replaced by other faster growing species, as it cannot withstand shady conditions. It appears alone or mixed with other species and sometimes forming small stands. Does not regrow after fires. Mainly in the mountain areas, with numerous forms that are reflected in the different subspecies and varieties described. In our territory it is more abundant in the north, center and east of the peninsula.
|Scientific name||Juniperus Communis|
|Formation to which it belongs||Cupressacae|