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Leaf Shape: Scale-like
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Eastern Arborvitae
(Thuja occidentalis)
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Eastern Red Cedar
(Juniperus virginiana)
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Weeping Nootka Falsecypress
(Chamaecyparis nootkatensis 'Pendula')

 

 

Leaf Shape: Scale-like

Leaves overlap alternating down the stem. Don't get fooled into only thinking of junipers when you think of scale-like foliage. Consider the following genera with similar foliage shape: Juniperus spp., Chamaecyparis nootketensis, Thuja occidentalis, as well as Platycladus orientalis.

Junipers often have two types of foliage, juvenile and adult. Both types can appear on one plant or only one feature may show. The juvenile leaves are typically awl-shaped and sharp. The adult foliage tends to be less sharp and scale-like.

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2005 Gary J. Kling and Laura L. Hayden, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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