Definition of Ashe juniper
: a dioecious, much-branched juniper (Juniperus ashei synonym J. mexicana) of the south central U.S. and northern Mexico that has an irregular shape, a thin, peeling, gray to reddish-brown bark, and a lightweight, durable wood used especially for fence posts and railroad ties Dull green Ashe junipers—notorious “cedars” that begin to spew yellowish allergy-inciting pollen right about now—dot the slope … — Ricardo Gandara, Austin American-Statesman, 17 Dec. 2005 The birds use strips of the shedding bark of mature ashe juniper trees as their primary nesting material. — Jerry Needham, San Antonio Express-News, 27 Mar. 2006 —called also mountain cedar, rock cedar
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Origin and Etymology of ashe juniper
after William Willard Ashe †1932 U.S. botanist (originally in the species name Juniperus ashei)
First Known Use: 1948
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