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Exfoliating bark

Alligator Juniper, Checkerbark Juniper, Western Juniper, Oakbark Cedar, Thickbark Cedar, Mountain Cedar, Tascate
Juniperus deppeana


Alligator juniper is found on dry hillsides and oak woodlands at moderate elevations in west Texas. It is a small tree with green to blue-green leaves, and rough, square-plated bark that resembles the skin of an alligator. It grows on both alkaline limestone and slightly acidic igneous soil, although it seems to prefer the latter. The fruit takes two years to mature: the blue-green, berry-like cones have a blush the first year and become brown and leathery as they ripen.

Plant Habit or Use: large shrub medium tree

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: small cone

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: berry-like cones

Height: to 25 ft.

Width: to 30 ft.

Plant Character: evergreen

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements: low

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 7

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