Juniperus virginiana

eastern red cedar


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


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:
Salt Tolerance: Highly salt tolerant
Soil pH Range: calcareous but adaptable


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 in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


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.