Synonym:Juniperus occidentalis var. conjungens Synonym:Juniperus occidentalis var. texana Synonym:Juniperus sabinoides
Category: Shrubs Trees Conifers
Height: 15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
Spacing: 15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
Hardiness: USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun Sun to Partial Shade
Danger: Pollen may cause allergic reaction
Bloom Color: Pale Yellow Inconspicuous/none
Bloom Time: Late Fall/Early Winter
Foliage: Grown for foliage Evergreen
Other details: May be a noxious weed or invasive Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping This plant is resistant to deer
Soil pH requirements: 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline) 7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)
On Apr 1, 2012, Sandwichkatexan from Copperas Cove, TX wrote:
When you see this tree you know you are in the Central Texas hill country . According to the Texas forest service , This tree is native and Beneficial to wildlife . Here in Central Texas there are large stands of this tree we call it cedar , and they can also be found in forest of mixed deciduous trees . They are cleared in massive scales to build new subdivisions, shopping centers and roads. In my case I love them because they are on the edge of my land and the hummingbirds love to nest in the deep inner branches where wind , sun , and heat are minimal. I have one female hummingbird that has been banded on my property that comes back every year and makes her nest in one of the trees. She now has her offspring returning to my property that have been born in previous years . Their downfall is the winter pollen these trees produce on epic scales . In our area when there is a grass fire the bottoms of these trees burn and the top usually stays alive and they turn into a typical shaped tree (single trunk large crown) but when they are not hit by fire they usually have the form a very large bush. Here in Central Texas people use the wood for fence posts and porch supports .
This Juniper, much like Juniperus virginiana, can be weedy and aggressive in areas, but well grown specimens are impressive and neat trees. It's also very useful in places where little else will grow and it's toughness is admirable. It seems to prefer limestone derived soils but will grow in moderately acid soils if planted there. Mine has done very well on a dry slope with moderately acid soils and has no problems with my winter temperatures which have been as cold as -5°F since I planted it.
This Juniper is native in a spotty fashion to a roughly 250 mile wide swath from Monclova, Mexico to Branson, Missouri. So it's native to MO, OK, AR, and TX in the US and Coahuila in Mexico.
The species as a whole is clearly hardy to zone 5, especially since no native woody plant that grows with it in the Ozarks isn't at least zone 5 hardy and I've had no problems at all with any plant I've propagated from wild Ozark populations surviving -15°F.
On Jul 14, 2005, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:
I do not grow this tree, but it seems to have good points and bad. The durable wood is often used as fenceposts, but often the trunks become branched and twisted before growing large enough for commercial use.
Found along limestone outcrops of plateaus and mountains, also in oak-hickory forests. Sometimes forming large thickets.
The range is from the Ozark Mts of MO, AR and NE. OK and in southern OK in Arbuckle Mts, central TX, including Edwards Plateau..also into NE Mexico
Local wildlife eat the sweetish berries.
Named for William Willard Ashe, pioneer forester of the US Forest Service, who first collected it in Arkansas
On Mar 15, 2005, EM_Seiler from Dripping Springs, TX wrote:
The Ashe juniper, a true Texas native, is often blamed for our problems in the Texas Hill Country. In the rush to place blame on the tree for our problems, politics has often gotten ahead of science.
Yet our anguish is the result of decades of land degradations. This tree is only a symptom of our problems, not the cause. Some would even go so far as to say it is nature's band-aid...here to heal that which we continue to destroy.
Nature has no schedule for her healing ways. However, we do. We must learn to work with the tree to effectively restore our Hill Country soils, diversity and springs.
Many people dislike this tree because of allegic reactions to the pollen of the male trees, and because they see it as an invader.
Other people see it differently. As a xeriscape plant it is a good selection because it is evergreen, beneficial to wildlife as a food source and habitat provider, and stubbornly drought resistant.
The wood is very useful to man, whether it be made into fence post or moth balls.
Ashe juniper is reffered to locally as Cedar.
When the trees are young, they appear as baby Christmas trees. Older trees can become quite large and tall.
A strongly misunderstood tree. Pruned at the bottom to allow light, you can grow a number of different grasses including drought resistant buffalo grass. The lumber from these trees is excellant. Strong, stable, and insect resistant. I've got some beautiful hand made cabinets in my house made from the juniper. Additionally, fewer insect problems due to the aromatic heartwood. I've never found fleas on my dogs
On Jan 27, 2003, SShurgot from Hondo, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
This tree is extremely invasive and chokes the life out of other plants by blocking the light and by taking in the rain water. It is not a pretty tree and causes allergies in many people. Most people in the Texas Hill Country cut down and burn ashe juniper (which is commonly referred to as "Mountain Cedar").
The fruit, which can be used to season some dishes, is reported to be toxic and cause gastrointestinal problems when used in large quantities. Use no more than one or two berries in cooking.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Overland Park, Kansas Branson, Missouri Austin, Texas Belton, Texas Copperas Cove, Texas Dripping Springs, Texas Hondo, Texas Lampasas, Texas San Antonio, Texas (3 reports) Sunset Valley, Texas White Settlement, Texas