California Juniper - Juniperus californica
Most common in California's southern coast ranges where it is the only juniper present, this is a small tree of dry habitat, growing on slopes, chaparral, and often in mixed forest of oaks and pinyon. It is not a strictly coastal tree: small populations are found in extreme southern Utah and western Arizona. The needles are tiny with conspicuous resin glands and borne in groups of three; the juvenile leaves are needlelike. The berrylike cone is covered with a waxy coat and typically bears one seed within. The berries were a food staple for native American peoples.