The perennial species belonging to the Cupressaceae family is a coniferous tree. Bloomed throught January to March the tree has a triangle shape top with an interesting bark texture.
|Scientific Name||Juniperus deppeana|
|Other Names||Checkerbark Juniper, mountain, oak-barked or thickbark cedar, tláxcal or tlascal, western juniper, sabino, aworíki and agoriza|
Size:20-48 ft (6.1-15 m) of height sometimes 65 ft (20m)
Bark: Dark grayish brown
Needles (leaves): Scale-like leaves, 1.5 mm in width and 2.5 mm in length
Cones: Orange-brown berry-like cones with a whitish waxy coating, 5-15 mm in diameter, having 2-6 seeds
|Distribution||Northern and Central Mexico and in some regions of the Southwestern USA|
|Habitat||Open and arid rocky slopes, woodland garden canopies, open oak lands|
Summer: Young trees require twice watering every week; dry and hot areas are conducive to the fastest growth
Soil: Dry and well-drained, sandy loam, clay, rocky
Water: Low requirement
|Diseases & Pests||Cattle are the pest|
|Seedling Development||2-3 years for germination|
|Uses||Fruits for edible purposes and woods for lumber|
|IUCN Conservation Status||Least Concern|
- Its square plates bark is similar to an alligator’s skin and hence it has got its name.
- Although it has five varieties, (Juniperus deppeana var. deppeana, Juniperus deppeana var. pachyphlaea, Juniperus deppeana var. robusta, Juniperus deppeana var. sperryi, Juniperus deppeana var. zacatecensis) these variations are not accepted by all.