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Eastern Red Cedar, Pencil Cedar, Virginia Juniper, Red Juniper, Carolina Cedar, Baton Rouge, Red Savin
Juniperus virginiana


Eastern red cedar is a very diverse species ranging from Canada to the Southern USA. It grows in almost any soil type, but thrives in ones that are deep, moist and well-drained. It can tolerate shade only when very young, otherwise it should not be planted on shady sites. Trees are either male or female: the male produces the yellow pollen that can be a major contributor to alleries in some people; the female produces dark blue fruit from late fall to early winter. The wood is extremely aromatic and is what cedar chests and cedar-lined closets are made from. It is also resistant to decay when in contact with the soil, making it a favorite of pioneers for fenceposts.

Plant Habit or Use: upright conifer medium tree

Exposure: sun partial sun

Flower Color: small cone

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: green to silver-blue resinous cone

Height: to 70 ft.

Width: to 45 ft.

Plant Character: evergreen

Heat Tolerance: very high high

Water Requirements: high medium low

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 3

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