Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Eastern Red Cedar

Juniperus virginiana
Plant Type: Trees
Native Environment: Cliff
Season of Interest: Mid (May - June), Late (July - frost), Winter (Nov - Mar)
Main Color: Green
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Cover, Nesting, Food/Birds, Butterfly / Moth Host
Animal
Resistance
Deer Resistant
Size

Height:

40 to
50
feet

Spread:

8 to
20
feet
Size
Height: 40 to
50
feet
Spread: 8 to
20
feet
Size
Height: 40 to
50
feet
Spread: 8 to
20
feet
Typical Landscape Use
Plant in windbreaks, hedgerows, shelterbelts and as a backdrop for bird gardens.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Plant in full sun. Tolerates poor, rocky soil and wind. Very few native evergreen trees. Valuable for screening and providing winter interest.
Special Features
Evergreen
Special Usage
Fragrant, Fresh Cut Flower
Basic Description

An upright evergreen with scale-like leaves that have a distinct fragrance when crushed or brushed. Plants are usually densely pyramidal when young. Small berrylike cones form in late summer and persist through winter. These blue fruits are about 1/8 in. across and very attractive. Birds, especially waxwings, love the fruit.

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