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Juniperus virginiana

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Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Trees, Evergreens, Conifers

Light Requirements: sun

Water Use: low

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: acid, neutral, alkaline, loam, clay, sand, gravel/rock

Height: 15'-65'

Bloom Time: March, April, May

Bloom Color: purple, green, brown

Leaf Color: green, blue-green, gray-green

Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Additional Tags: attracts birds, attracts butterflies, berries, drought tolerant, evergreen, fall interest, fragrant plant, medicinal, ornamental foliage, salt tolerant, shade tree, showy fruit

Juniperus virginiana (eastern redcedar)
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Description

Juniperus virginiana

Also known as:

eastern redcedar

,

red cedar juniper

,

Virginia juniper

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Juniperus virginiana is an evergreen conifer with fragrant, blue-green to gray-green foliage. It can be long lived and grow quite large: there are specimens that are 300 years old and some that have reached a height of 90 feet. It has a compact, pyramidal or columnar form when young, which becomes more open and variable with age.

Cultivation

It prefers to grow in full sun, but is tolerant of a wide range of soils, including poor, rocky, sandy and alkaline ones. Once established, the trees are resistant to extremes of heat, cold, and drought. Zones 4-10

Propagation

Propagate from seed. Germination rates are low.

Additional Notes

Juniperus virginiana is an alternate host plant to the cedar-apple rust fungus, and should not be planted near crab apple, or apple trees. The common name red cedar is a misnomer because this is a juniper, not a cedar.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Coniferophyta Conifers
Class Pinopsida
Subclass
Order Pinales
Family Cupressaceae Cypress family
Genus Juniperus juniper
Species Juniperus virginiana eastern redcedar