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Alligator Juniper

Juniperus deppeana

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Tree
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low-moderate
Sun Full sun
Pollinators Wind
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
10-20' × 10-20'
Flower Color Cones
Minimum Temperature Range 15-20 °F
Leaf Description Scalelike, waxy, dark green foliage.
Fruit Cone
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Elevation Range 4500-10000 ft.
Description A widespread juniper species found in Arizona from Nogales to Flagstaff in the eastern and central portions of the state. This Juniper is distinctive for its plated scale-like bark, waxy, rough foliage, and bluish berries. These plants can get up to 20' tall and often have a single trunk, though they are sometimes fairly bushy. Plant with Emory or scrub oak (Quercus emoryi, Q. turbinella), Apache plume (Fallugia paradoxa), and mountain mahogany (Cercocarpus breviflorus).