Common Name(s): Alligator Juniper
Scientific Name: Juniperus deppeana
Distribution: Southwestern United States and northern Mexico
Tree Size: 30-50 ft (9-15 m) tall, 2-3 ft (.6-1 m) trunk diameter
Average Dried Weight: 36 lbs/ft3 (585 kg/m3)
Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .48, .58
Janka Hardness: 1,160 lbf (5,160 N)
Modulus of Rupture: 6,700 lbf/in2 (46.2 MPa)
Elastic Modulus: 650,000 lbf/in2 (4.48 GPa)
Crushing Strength: 4,120 lbf/in2 (28.4 MPa)
Shrinkage: Radial: 2.7%, Tangential: 3.6%, Volumetric: 7.8%, T/R Ratio: 1.3
Color/Appearance: No data available.
Grain/Texture: No data available.
Rot Resistance: No data available.
Workability: No data available.
Odor: No data available.
Allergies/Toxicity: Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, Alligator Juniper has been reported to cause skin and respiratory irritation. See the articles Wood Allergies and Toxicity and Wood Dust Safety for more information.
Pricing/Availability: No data available.
Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices, and is reported by the IUCN as being a species of least concern.
Common Uses: No data available.
Comments: So named for the bark’s resemblance to the rough and textured skin of an alligator. A small coniferous tree that’s technically related to the widely popular Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana).