Commonly referred to as Eastern red cedar, this mid-sized conifer is in the Juniper family. The female trees produce fragrant, grey-black, berry-like cones which are a rich food source for birds such as the Cedar Waxwing.
J.virginiana is one of the most commonly found conifers in the New England region, often recolonizing abandoned fields and in large numbers alongside the beaches of the Cape.
The wood of the Eastern Red Cedar is prized for it’s fragrance, ability to deter pests, and strength. The tree can be considered “weedy” when allowed to grow unchecked in large open areas, but it won’t just take over your yard.
Use Eastern Red Cedar as a windbreak, privacy screen, and as a sturdy planting in soils that are otherwise a challenge such as poor, dry soils and rocky outcrops. As Eastern Red Cedar is prone to host cedar-apple rust, it is best to avoid planting near apple trees.
ECO-TYPE: grown from seed likely collected in New Hampshire. Started by New Hampshire State Forest Nursery.
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Juniperus virginiana (Eastern red cedar)
SIZE: 2 gallon pot type: tree sun needs: full sun, part sun/part shade water needs: Average to moist soil height: 30'-50' plant spacing: 12' distance bloom time: March, April, May bloom color: green, purple, brown
edible parts: berries BUT IN MODERATION deer resistant (please note that does not mean deer proof) evergreen salt tolerant. Some salt exposure should not be fatal to the plant but some leaf burning may still occur.