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La Sierra juniper Juniperus occidentalis , which is in pockets along the Sierra Nevada. When a particularly harsh conditions such as those found in the tree line is exposed – the elevation above which trees can grow there – junipers can show krummholz. Krummholz is the phenomenon by which trees are dwarf or contracted by the elements. Among the many prone to the formation of krummholz, junipers varieties can take some of the most sinuous shapes.

The best examples I know of can be found near Meiss Prado near the Carson Pass, California. I first visited years these trees with Daisaku Nomoto and Boon Manakitivipart. Boon regularly leads groups to the site and for that I am grateful, as it is one of my favorite places Alpine – thanks Boon

Just steps from the parking places one just above a lush pine forest polo hostel.

Looking south

The view to the south – near Carson Pass, California

To the north is the Red Lake Peak.

Red Lake Peak

junipers and pine pole staying at Red Lake Peak

At this elevation, about 8,750 ‘, Sierra junipers and a handful of pine poles harbor struggle against the elements. Incredibly, even young trees can find support in the granite outcrops.

Young lodge pole pine

polo youth hostel pine

Very young Sierra juniper

Baby Sierra juniper

Given the time some of these specimens will grow a little bigger.

Young Sierra juniper

young Sierra juniper

If the conditions are right, these juniper trees can grow tall and straight like many other forest trees. Here is a juniper growing in good soil enjoying some protection from the elements.

Tall Sierra juniper

vigorous juniper – no evidence of krummholz

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About 300 yards away, a juniper embraced the soil from which it grew, can not grow high.

Low profile juniper

low profile juniper

Large Sierra juniper

The same tree from above

Looking up the slope mountain, from this point revealed a barren landscape -. A striking contrast to the valley full of pine trees below


a high desert type

Alpine annuals

annual Alpine

is in this place – right along the tree line -. Where junipers grow interesting

Large Sierra juniper

Ranging deadwood juniper

These trees can grow in groups or on their own.

The juniper zone

junipers and pines

The most interesting – those who have lived the longest – embraced a ridge of granite that offer shelter from the wind


Junipers growing up to treeline

junipers growing out of granite

let’s take a closer look at these next week.

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