Conifer, Eastern Red Cedar is an evergreen growing 30 to 60 feet tall in an oval, columnar, or pyramidal form (very diverse) and spreading 8 to 25 feet when given a sunny location. They have blue-green foliage that sometimes turns a darker brown-green shade in the winter months. The bark is reddish brown with a tendency to peel in long fibrous strips. This cedar develops a brownish tint in winter in the north and is sometimes used in windbreaks or screens. They have that rich pine aroma that is so desirable. The berrylike cones change color, becoming greenish white then whitish blue and finally bluish, as they mature. Each cone contains one to four seeds. If youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re a bird-lover, this is the tree for you. The birds and wildlife feed on the seeds and it provides a terrific, protective cover for them.
Its wood is a light red color and a nice choice for woodworking. Eastern Red Cedar is the most widely distributed conifer of tree size in the Eastern United States. The range of Eastern Red Cedar has been considerably extended, especially in the Great Plains, by natural regeneration from planted trees.