what the diff?

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    can anyone please illustrate to me the fundamental and subtle differences between Juniperus chinensis and Juniperus procumbens. :):)
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Juniperus chinensis is a tree, with mixed adult (scale-leaf) foliage and juvenile (needle-leaf) foliage, but with adult predominating.

    Juniperus procumbens is a prostrate shrub, typically with all juvenile foliage.

    The two are very closely related; Juniperus procumbens was actually first botanically described as Juniperus chinensis var. procumbens, by Siebold in Endlicher's Synopsis Coniferarum (1847). It was only later raised to species by Miquel in 1870.

    Juniperus procumbens is native to coastal habitats in southern Japan and Korea; Juniperus chinensis has a wide distribution in eastern Asia.
     
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    gosh thanks!
     

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