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
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
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Juniperus virginianaAlso known as:
red cedar juniper,
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.
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
Propagate from seed. Germination rates are low.
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
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
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