Juniperus deppeana var. pachyphlaea (Torr.) Martinez

Alligator Juniper

Small tree. Bark forming a mosaic of small scales like alligator skin. Needle leaves 3-6 mm long in whorls of 3, spreading, concave with 1 white band above and dorsal gland releasing white resin dots, the base extending down the stem. Scale leaves 1-1.2 mm long. Fruit 8-12 mm wide, red-brown, waxy blue, ripening in the second year. Seeds mostly 4.

SW Texas to Mexico.

Alligator-skin-like bark. White resin dots on back of waxy-white leaves.

Source: Spencer, R. (1995). Cupressaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 1, Ferns, conifers & their allies. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Juniperus deppeana var. pachyphlaea 'Conspicua'

Blue-foliaged with mostly scale leaves. A warm climate cultivar suited to Australia. There is some uncertainty about the placement of this cultivar with this species which does not usually have adult foliage. Raised Barbier &Co., OrlÃĩans, France. Vic: Dandenongs ('Pirianda'). act: Yarralumla (Government House, adjacent to House); Westbourne Woods.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Pinopsida
order     Pinales
family      Cupressaceae
genus       Juniperus L.
species        Juniperus deppeana Steud.