- Latin Name- Juniperus Virginiana Hardy Planting Zone- 4-9 Mature Height- 40-50 ft Width- 8-15 ft Sun or Shade- Full Sun
Eastern Red Cedar - JUNIPERUS VIRGINIANA
Eastern Red cedar tree is known for its extremely strong wood that is perfect for furniture and decoration because of its extreme strength and beauty.
Cedar has a slight smell. The wood is extremely strong with smell that seeps out of the wood and lasts for many years. Cedar was used for much buildings, and even singles hundreds of years ago. This tree can grow as high as forty feet and have a trunk width of two to three feet. The Foliage is thick and evergreen, with dark color and beautiful fronds. This plant grows best in environments that are moist and humid. This tree can continue to live and grow for over three hundred years when it is growing in the right location. The Bark can vary from dark brown and red to dark grey in color. The Eastern Cypress tree grows very shallow roots that make this tree susceptible to wind damage when growing on the hill and high locations. This tree prefers to grow in bottomlands as well as level ground areas. These trees are known to be extremely resilient to disease. The Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana), is not a true cedar but a juniper. Other common names for this tree are red juniper or savin. This tree does well in the sun and open spaces and is usually one of the first trees to occupy open cleared spaces. The trees tolerate heat well and are common in the plains and eastern states. They grow best in soils rich in limestone but also grow well in a variety of soil types. The Eastern Red Cedar has red, aromatic wood and produces a round fruit, about one-fourth an inch in size that ranges from gray to blue-green in color. The tree can form a good wind break due to its tight evergreen foliage. This juniper grows pyramidal to a height of 20 - 40 feet, with a spread of 8 - 20 feet. Grow rate of an Eastern Red Cedar is about 13 - 24 inches per year to maturity. This tree requires at a minimum, six hours of full sun each day. Eastern Red Cedars develop deep roots and are drought tolerant. Wildlife eats the leaves and twigs of the cedars while the Cedar Waxwing consumes the fruit The Cedar Waxwing consumes the fruit and is largely responsible for spreading the seeds to other areas. The foliage provides nesting for various types of birds including Robins, Mocking Birds and Sparrows. In colonial America, the wood was used for furniture as well as fences because they discovered that it stood up well against weathering and had great workability. Today, the wood has value because of its beauty and aromatic qualities. The trees are also used for windbreaks and in ornamental landscaping. Cedar oil is good for keeping moths out of clothing that is stored away in chests or closets and for this reason, storage chests are often constructed using the wood from the Eastern Red Cedar. This tree has a natural Christmas tree shape look that makes it highly loved for a centerpiece for a home. Prune it into any shape that you want it to look like. The Red Cedar Tree makes a nice ornamental piece to any lawn during the holiday's.
Climate Zone: 2 to 9 Mature Height: 30 to 40 Feet Mature Width: 10 to 20 Feet Sunlight: Prefers Full Sunlight to Partial Shade Soil Conditions: Prefers fertile soil, adaptable
Eastern Red Cedar Ships As: Bareroot Plant