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 scale Leaf Type  Information Icon Scale-like
Needles0
Barkthin red-brown - vertical shredding strips, fibrous
Budsmall, orange-brown rounded buds Bud Arrangement Information Icon None
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 zones pH LevelsSalt Tolerance
Min3a Min4.6 SoilIntolerant
Max8b Max8.0 SprayIntolerant

Shade ToleranceDrought ToleranceAllelopathy
Intermediate High Yes

Species Status

Nebraska Native Yes Check
U.S. Native Yes Check
Region of OriginUnited States, Canada
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