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Juniperus virginiana
Eastern red cedar
Family: Cupressaceae

Easter red cedar is a small to medium-sized, 30-60ft. tall and 8-25ft. wide, columnar to irregularly broad evergreen tree, native to the New England open landscape. It is a fast growing tree. The trunk is straight, often ribbed with irregular routed ridges of fibrous bark giving it an interesting texture of quality year round. The cones are berry-like, dark blue and are devoured by birds in the fall and winter. Its deep roots and small leaf surface make it very drought resistant. The wood of the Red cedar is fragrant and is used for blanket chests and closets to deter moths.

Eastern red cedar occurs in nearly pure stands in grazed pastures and alongside roads in central portions of the Eastern United States. While this species has several cultivars, it is under utilized in modern landscapes, where it is useful in naturalistic designs incorporating native species. Hardy zones 3-9.

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