There are between 50 and 67 species of coniferous trees and shrubs in the Juniperus genus, distributed throughout the Northern Hemisphere. The number range depends upon who you ask. They have needle-like and/or scale-like leaves. The fruits form from seed cones and can take a year or more to mature. In most cases they are blue.
Name Derivation: From the Latin iuniperus, classic name for the genus
Common Name: Juniper
Juniperus is in the family Cupressaceae.