Hillspire Juniper – Juniperus virginiana ‘Cupressifolia’
These Morton Arboretum specimens are variety ‘Cupressifolia’, called Hillspire Juniper.
Showing mid-winter dark green foliage, they are nearly 50 years old
AKA Red cedar, Morton Arboretum acc. 436-61-1, photos by Bruce Marlin
Family Cupressaceae – Redwood, Cypress, Arborvitae, Juniper
There are thirty (many monotypic) genera and 142 species in the family Cupressaceae, now widely regarded as including the Taxodiaceae, previously treated as a family. The Cupressaceae are found in the fossil record as far back as the Jurassic Period, about 210 million years ago.