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J. Edward Dealy
Western juniper (Juniperus occidentalis) is also called Sierra juniper. There are two subspecies separated geographically, occidentalis in the northern part and australis in the southern part of its range. Unless specifically identified, both are included in the following discussion. One of the largest western junipers recorded grows on the Stanislaus National Forest in California. It measures 414 cm (163 in) in d.b.h., is 26.5 m (87 ft) tall, and has a crown spread of 15.5 m (51 ft).