EASTERN RED - CEDAR
CEDAR, EASTERN RED
Juniperus virginiana (joo-NIP-er-us ver-gin-ee-AN-ah)
Evergreen Sun Height 40 feet Spread 20 feet Spacing 20 - 30 feet
HABIT: Single trunk, upright conical when young, spreading with age. Dark green juniper-like foliage, hard fragrant wood. Females have blue berries in fall and winter. Mountain cedar (Juniperus ashei) is similar but usually has multiple-stem trunk and does not suffer cedar apple rust fungus.
CULTURE: Very easy to grow in any soil (even solid rock), drought tolerant.
USES: Shade tree, screen bad views, evergreen backdrop.
PROBLEMS: Bagworms, red spider mites.
NOTES: Is becoming more available as a nursery-grown tree. Many are allergic to the pollen but it’s in the air already from the wild trees. Native to eastern USA and Texas.