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Conifer Tree, Eastern Red Cedar

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 you’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.

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Plant Details +

Size 12-18"
Height Maximum of 30-60'
Spacing 8-25'
Hardiness Zones 3-9
Exposure Sun
Vigor Rapid
Foliage Green

General Information +

Botanical: Juniperus virginiana

Common: Conifer, Eastern Red Cedar

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: Needs a well drained soil to do well. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Add generous amounts of peat but no fertilizer when planting. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly.