Ollie was picking the blue berries of our juniper in the yard and asked me what kind of tree it was and can he eat the them. I did a google search to learn more. We have two junipers in our yard, one which I think is the Common Juniper and then this unidentified Juniper shrub. It is not much higher than a meter off the ground and it has a nice, silver-green foliage. I learned that the berries and not really berries, but instead are coniferous cones that fuse together to look like a berry. The berries take 2-3 years to ripen. The oil distilled from them is used as a flavoring for gin and it has medicinal value. There are 50-60 species of the Juniperus genus world wide, found in temperate climates throughout the world. It is a member of the Cypress Family.