Eastern Red Cedar

Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana)

Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana)
Eastern Red Cedar is the most widely distributed conifer of the East and grows in all states east of the Great Plains. It pops up all over the place. It is often an early colonizer of old abandoned farm fields. You can spot them along interstate highways in the medians and on side hills abutting the highway. Prior to the availability of plantation grown Christmas trees, wild Eastern Red Cedars were the tree of choice for many folks in the south. They were chosen for their natural conical shape and ready supply.

Eastern Red Cedar trees can grow to 90 feet, but typically they usually reach only 50 feet. They are slow growers, reaching 18 to 24 feet after or 30 years. They are capable of living for 300 years. They have a dense, but relatively small canopy, its width commonly being about two-thirds of the tree's height. They are pyramidal in shape and have reddish-brown bark that is thin and fibrous. It sheds long, vertical strips.

Eastern Red Cedars have fine-textured evergreen needles as leaves. New growth is prickly, maturing into flatter, scale-like needles. In spring they appear as a dark, dull blue-green. Then they turn a dark olive green over the summer, which gives way to a maroon-green or brownish-green color in the fall. Red Cedar foliage is pleasantly aromatic.

Eastern Red Cedar bears small cones as flowers. Typical of all Junipers, each sex is carried on a separate tree. Male cones are yellowish and female ones are reddish purple when they appear in May. On female trees, they yield to berry-like cones that are gray or bluish-green about July. These last all winter until the following March. They are valued by man as flavoring for gin, and by wildlife. They are food for an array of creatures, including deer, small mammals, game birds, and songbirds.

Eastern Red Cedar Choices
Burkii grows 10 to 25 feet tall. It has a narrow to broad pyramidal form. Burkii has gray foliage that turns purplish in winter; Canaertii grows 15 to 20 feet tall with a compact pyramidal form. It opens with age becoming quite picturesque with its dark green foliage and abundant, small cones with a whitish bloom. Elegantissima has golden-tipped branches, bronze fall foliage. Globosa is narrow and columnar with silvery-blue color and moderate height. Pendula is a "weeping" type. Tripartita is dwarf and spreading, rarely over 4 feet tall.

Juniperus virginiana: Eastern Red Cedar Seeds

by TreeHelp.com

  • Packet contains 40 hand-sorted, high-quality seeds.
  • Rich green foliage. Quite a robust tree, able to withstand adverse conditions.
  • Thrives in zones 3 to 9, in a sunny area and a range of soil types.
  • These seeds are not pre-packaged - they are hand-selected after you place your order.
  • Includes full germination instructions to get your seeds started.

Grows to 50 ft. Dense and pyramidal in shape. Native to North America. A tough tree bearing red/gray bark and a source of fragrant cedar wood. Beautiful dark green foliage that is both needle-like and scale-like. Great as a specimen, screen, windbreak or in groupings.

Eastern Red Cedar 3 foot tall bareroot

by Eastern Red Cedar

Eastern Red Cedar 3 foot tall bareroot These are excellent for windbreaks and screens. Birds are attracted to berries. Grows to 40' to 50' high with 8' to 20' spread. Zones 2 to 9 If your ground can be dug you can plant these right now, if not you need to plant them in a pot and you them outside and let nature take care of them until you can dig the ground, or raise them inside the house and than transplant outside after the last frost. But, slowly do it start putting the pot outside in the shade and slowly move it to full or part sun and than trasplant it in the ground. I do not ship out of the United States. I do combine shipping if you order more than one item and I can combine them in the same box, I will refund you the difference in the shipping that you pay. This will save you alot in shipping.

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