The Q&A Archives: juniper tree gender

Question: How does one tell if a young juniper tree is male or female? Since many people are alergic to juniper pollen, i want to avoid transplanting a male juniper tree.

Answer: Juniper is dioecious, which means that individual plants are either male or female, unlike most tree species, where both male and female flowers occur on the same tree. Male flowers appear as yellow blossoms near the ends of the twigs in spring and release pollen, which is wind-dispersed. Female flowers are in the form of very small clusters of scales, and after pollination by the wind, these grow on to become berry-like cones. Numerous female cultivars are sold, including ?Blue Point,? ?Icee Blue,? and ?Hollywood Juniper.? Hope this answers your question.

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