Ashe juniper

\ ˈash- How to pronounce Ashe juniper (audio) \
variants: or less commonly ashe juniper

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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First Known Use of Ashe juniper

1948, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Ashe juniper

after William Willard Ashe †1932 U.S. botanist (originally in the species name Juniperus ashei)

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“Ashe juniper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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