eastern redcedar - Cupressaceae Juniperus virginiana

Taxonomy

FamilyCupressaceae
GenusJuniperus
Speciesvirginiana
Common Nameeastern redcedar
iTree CodeJUVI

Plant Form

FormTree or shrub: small tree or large shrub, dense upright pyramidal crown
Height50 feet
Spread20 feet
DeciduousNo

Identification Description

Foliageevergreen, young needles sharp (awl), older needles overlapping scaleLeaf Type Information IconScale-like
Needles0
Barkthin red-brown - vertical shredding strips, fibrous
Budsmall, orange-brown rounded budsBud Arrangement Information IconNone
Twigyellow/green to red/brown, covered in scales; smoother and gray with age
Flowermale: small, yellow/brown typically near the end of foliage/twig
Fruitblue cones, irregular with berry-like appearance
Fall Colorgreen, dark red

Site Characteristics

USDA Zones   info for zonespH LevelsSalt Tolerance
Min3aMin4.6SoilIntolerant
Max8bMax8.0SprayIntolerant

Shade ToleranceDrought ToleranceAllelopathy
IntermediateHighYes

Species Status

Nebraska NativeYes Check
U.S. NativeYes Check
Region of OriginUnited States, Canada
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