Juniperus communis | Juniper | Aiteal
Flowers: May-June; small yellow or green flowers
Fruits: Fleshy black cones when mature, resembling berries
Twigs & bark: Evergreen, twigs pale brown; bark reddish brown
Limestone pavement, heaths, lakeshores, acidic to basic soils
Occasional, mainly in west and north.
Records submitted to Data Centre in 2023
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Juniper has an extensive native range. It is the only circumpolar conifer in the northern hemisphere. It is found in a wide variety of conditions from poor acid heaths to calcareous rocky slopes. The berries are tradionally used to flavour game and alcholic drink such as gin. The word "gin" derives from an old french word meaning "juniper'.