Juniperus bermudiana / Bermuda cedar

Juniperus bermudiana is a species of juniper endemic to Bermuda. This species is most commonly known as Bermuda cedar, but is also referred to as Bermuda redcedar and Bermuda juniper.

It is an evergreen tree growing up to 15 m tall with a trunk up to 60 cm thick (larger specimens existed in the past) and thin bark that exfoliates in strips. The foliage is produced in Blue-green sprays, with the individual shoots 1.3–1.6 mm wide, four sided (quadriform) in section. The leaves are scale-like 1.5–2.5 mm long (up to 4 mm long on strong-growing shoots) and 1-1.5 mm broad, with an inconspicuous gland; they are arranged in opposite decussate pairs, occasionally decussate whorls of three. Juvenile plants bear needle-like leaves 4–8 mm long. The seed cones are irregularly globose to broad pyriform, 4–6 mm long and 5–8 mm broad, soft and berry-like, green at first, maturing bluish-purple about 8 months after pollination; they contain one or two (rarely three) seeds. The male cones are 4–6 mm long, yellow, turning brown after pollen release in early spring.

Comments

Chae

I am a Bermuda resident with this tree growing in my yard. I am wondering if this plant is safe for tea consumption and also any info on if it contains shikimic acid and at what strength. Thank you in advance I hope to hear back!

Maxwell Cohn

Hello Chae ... the American Conifer Society's mission is to promote the conservation of conifers and their use in the landscape. We have officially NO OPINION regarding their use in human consumption.

Tea comes from the Camellia family. I know that's safe for human consumption.