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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.
The view to the south – near Carson Pass, California
To the north is the 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.
polo youth hostel pine
Baby Sierra juniper
Given the time some of these specimens will grow a little bigger.
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.
vigorous juniper – no evidence of krummholz
About 300 yards away, a juniper embraced the soil from which it grew, can not grow high.
low profile 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
is in this place – right along the tree line -. Where junipers grow interesting
Ranging deadwood juniper
These trees can grow in groups or on their own.
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 out of granite
let’s take a closer look at these next week.
This article was originally published on bonsaitonight.com