Eastern Redcedar

Juniperus virginiana

This evergreen tree, native to eastern North America, is a dense, slow-growing tree with reddish-brown bark that peels off the trunk in thin strips. Though not a true cedar, the aromatic wood of this juniper is distasteful to moths and therefore used to make “cedar closets” and “cedar chests” for storing clothes. It is also known as Pencil-Cedar, Red-Cedar, Cedar Tree, Juniper or Savin.
Habitat:
Full sun, prefers moist soils but tolerates dry conditions.
Growth Habit:
Evergreen tree, growing to 9.14-13.7 m tall, 4.57-9.14 m wide, dense pyramid when young, more open when mature.
Bloom Time:
Late spring.
Longevity:
Moderate.
Presence in US:
AL AR CO CT DC DE FL GA IA IL IN KS KY LA MA ME MI MN MO MS NC ND NE NH NJ NY OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX VA VT WI WV
Presence in Canada:
ON QC