Ju­niper

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild Britain -

Like the red squir­rel, this sprawl­ing, but slow-grow­ing, shrub is not as com­mon in Bri­tain as it once was, due to loss of favoured habi­tat. Found within pine woods, ju­niper pro­vides cover for nest­ing birds and is the realm of the ju­niper shield bug, ju­niper aphid and ju­niper car­pet moth. This ever­green species is per­haps best known for its small, dark ‘berries’ (ac­tu­ally cones), which take up to three years to ripen and are fa­mously used to flavour gin.

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