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By Quadell, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1685290
By Quadell, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1685290
Eastern Red Cedar
Eastern Red Cedar
By Greg Hume - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24903746
By Quadell, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1685290

Eastern Red Cedar

Juniperus virginiana
$260.00
Note : During our spring season, preparation of materials for careful packaging of plants before shipping typically takes 14 business days, in addition to the standard shipping times.

Height: up to 90’ (or smaller, depending on cultivar)
Spread 10’-18’
Bloom: March - May
Light: Full Sun, Part Shade, shade
Water: Low
Zone: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Origin: North America (Nova Scotia to north Florida and central Texas

 Juniperus virginiana, also known as the Eastern Red cedar, is a durable and beautiful evergreen that adds elegance to any garden! Despite its name, the Eastern Red cedar is actually a juniper, making it resistant to drought, heat, and cold extremes. This tree can tolerate a wide range of soils, including poor dry soil, alkaline soil, dry rocky outcrops, and wet, swampy land. It is also tolerant of windy conditions, so it was planted as a windbreak to offset the dust bowl conditions of the 1930s.

 The Eastern Red cedar is also a significant source of food and shelter for wildlife. The blue fruits on the female trees are consumed by a wide variety of wildlife, including the Cedar Waxwing songbird, which is named for this tree.

 This tree is a moderate to long-lived evergreen, with some specimens known to live over 500 years. It is also dioecious, meaning that male and female trees are separate plants. Female Eastern Red cedars produce green flowers and bear small (quarter-inch), fleshy, berry-like cones that appear in spring and mature in the fall. Male Eastern Red cedars produce yellow flowers and bear brown, pollen-bearing cones on the branch tips. The Eastern red cedar is also known for its fragrant oil, which is a natural insect repellent.

 The Eastern Red cedar is also an essential source of food for more than 50 bird species and a variety of mammal species, including rabbits, foxes, raccoons, skunks, opossums, and coyotes. It should be planted at least 500’ away from apple trees, as it is an alternative host for cedar-apple rust, a fungal disease that causes severe leaf and fruit spot damage on apple trees.

 This tree was first observed at Roanoke Island, Virginia, in 1564 and described by the early colonists as “the tallest and reddest cedars in the world,” and quickly became prized for building purposes due to its rot-resistant heartwood. So why not add a touch of elegance and durability to your garden with the Eastern Red cedar.

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