With my observation, their foliage are the same except the female one has compact foliage. Because of it, the female one looks smooth! BonheWhich one has the smaller, finer foliage?
I have seen some of Ernie Kuo's California junipers in which he pinched the foliage so well that they look compact almost like shimpaku's. I think he told me the male California junipers are better for pinching but I am not so sure I remember him correctly. Does anybody know?
Some people prefered female to male California juniper. Because of it, they need to differentiate them in collecting time. BonheI can't comment on Cal. junipers, but I do own 3 Rocky Mountain junipers, 2 male and 1 female. The female foliage is significantly finer in it's growth and texture as compared to the males. Granted, this comparison may be meaningless, as these trees may have been collected from different regions out west and may have regionally different growth patterns.
Some people prefered female to male California juniper. Because of it, they need to differentiate them in collecting time. Bonhe