Scarification: Soak in hot tap water, let stand in water for 6 hours
Stratification: warm stratify for 90 days, cold stratify for 90 days
Germination: sow seed 1/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed
Other: Or, sow outside in spring for germination the following spring.
Looking for a hardy and versatile shrub or small tree? Look no further than Juniperus osteosperma, also known as Utah Juniper. This native species thrives in dry soils at moderate altitudes throughout the southwestern United States, making it a perfect fit for a wide range of outdoor environments. Its thick shoots and scale-like adult leaves give it a unique texture while its blue-brown berry-like cones, which contain a single seed, add a pop of color. Plus, if you're in the mood for some DIY candle-making, you can simmer the fruit in hot water and extract a fragrant wax. Utah Juniper is also an important cover and shelter species for a variety of large and small animals, making it a great addition to any eco-conscious landscape.