Creeping Juniper (Juniperus horizontalis)

As suggested by the scientific name, this evergreen is a low, trailing plant. It occurs in a variety of habitats in northern lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. It thrives on the open dunes, particularly in areas with an alkaline (basic) substrate. Its needle like foliage is very similar to that of our common red cedar. The cones are berry like and eaten and dispersed by birds.