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Latin Name- Juniperus Virginiana Hardy Planting Zone- 4-9 Mature Height- 40-50 ft Width- 8-15 ft Sun or Shade- Full Sun

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Red Cedar Tree - Juniperus Virginiana


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Red Cedar Tree - Juniperus Virginiana
This hardy tree grows east of the western plains from the Gulf of Mexico to southeastern Canada. It has many common names including eastern juniper, aromatic cedar, red cedar, Virginian juniper, eastern red cedar, pencil cedar, and red juniper. If you are a wildlife lover, the female tree is an excellent addition to your landscaping as its purplish-blue berries attract birds and mammals such as deer in the winter. Cedar Waxwings seek this conifer out as a favorite food. These trees are an essential food source for local wild animals and birds in the winter.


Depending on your soil type and sunlight exposure, the Red Cedar can remain a type of bush, or they can grow over 60 feet in height. They are slow growing and can have a very long life. There is a Red Cedar tree in West Virginia that is over 900 years old. The wood is aromatic and resists most types of insects.


It grows in an attractive pyramid shape with an average size trunk. This lends itself to being planted as a natural border to your property and can provide an excellent windbreak. The tree likes full sun and although drought tolerant, does better on the moister type soil with good drainage. The female tree produces the berries for seed in the fall, and the male tree pollinates from a small cone in late winter or early spring.


You can prune and shape the Red Cedar as long as you do cut into the trunk. If using as a border or windbreak, this allows for a uniform look to be created. Since there is a wide variation to this tree, research may help to choose the right one for your needs. The Red Cedar is a low maintenance hardy tree that can be an excellent addition to your landscape.


Its name is misleading since it is juniper and not cedar. Its range is from Nova Scotia to northern Florida, and west to the Dakotas and Texas. They can grow in any soil and will take over abandoned fields and fence rows. When red cedars are found growing in a forest, you can be sure they started growing when it was an open field.