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Barker Dam

California Juniper

In the Mojave Desert, juniper trees (juniperus californica), are generally found at elevations above 4,000 feet, on the bases and slopes of the mountains. This one has taken hold in the rocky soil around Barker Dam. Soil depth and amount of moisture determine the size and success.

Female trees bear silver-blue berries, modified cones which ripen in late summer. The bitter-tasting berries were eaten, either raw or roasted, by traveling Native Americans. Coyotes and small animals appear to enjoy the berries for their moisture.

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