Juniperus virginiana

eastern red cedar

Cupressaceae

wildlife plant   wildlife plant  


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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: to 40 ft    Width: to 20 ft
Fruit Color: fruit color      blue
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Hurricane wind resistance, interesting foliage

Landscaping

Recommended Uses: Often used as a screen by planting in one or two fairly dense rows. Also useful as a background tree.
Propagation: Seed.
Availability: Big box stores, Quality nurseries, Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
moisture_bar
Salt Tolerance: Highly salt tolerant
Soil pH Range: calcareous but adaptable

Ecology

Wildlife:
wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
Birds eat the fruit and use for cover.
Native Habitats: Calcareous soils, shell mounds, coastal hammocks, second growth on open rocky fields. Open.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range

USDA Zones:

Map is based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:
   8A,8B,9A,9B,10A,10B

Other

Ethnobotany: Was used as a southern Christmas tree before trees were carted in from the north.
Other Comments: The blue fruits on this tree are actually fleshy cones.