Type: Shrub, Tree

Junipers are coniferous plants in the genus Juniperus of the cypress family Cupressaceae.  Junipers (Juniperus spp.) are one of the hardiest, most versatile and drought-tolerant shrubs. They are also one of the most fire prone species, and are sometimes referred to as a “gasoline bush” by firefighters. They are conifers with prickly young foliage that becomes flatter and softer with age.  All junipers should be removed within 100′ of structures or 10′ of roads and driveways (as required by fire code adopted by Marin fire agencies).  Additional clearance may be required depending on the site and local conditions. Juniper does not belond in the landscaped environment or defensible space zones of structures in California.

FIRESafe MARIN recommends that junipers be removed within 100′ or structures and 10′ (minimum) of roadways and driveways. Period.

Junipers should be removed within 100′ or structures and 15′ of roadways and driveways. Period.

Even at distances of greater than 100′, juniper should be maintained completely free of dead needles and twiggy material, should be irrigated every 2 weeks, and should be thinned and separated into individual bushes.