Monday, December 20, 2010
Alligator Juniper, Guadalupe Mountains, Texas
This is the Alligator Juniper, or Juniperus deppeana. The signage told us that it is the largest of all Junipers, a slow grower, it can reach a diameter of 2 to 3 feet, height of 20 to 40 feet and can grow to an age of 500 to 800 years! Recognized by its deeply furrowed bark with small square plates. Here is a close up of the trunk and bark.