General - prostrate, matted, evergreen shrub, less than 30 cm tall; long trailing branches, with many short side branches.
Leaves - scale-like, overlapping, about 1.5 mm long, closely pressed to stem, not prickly, green to grey-green or bluish.
Fruit - male and female cones on separate plants; female cones berry-like , about 6 mm long, fleshy, bluish purple with grey bloom, mature in 1 year.
Dry, rocky or sandy, open slopes and forests; widespread in NW Ontario boreal region, north and west to Mackenzie delta and southern Alaska.
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