| Eastern Red Cedar, Pencil Cedar, Virginia Juniper, Red Juniper, Carolina Cedar, Baton Rouge, Red Savin|
Eastern red cedar is a very diverse species ranging from Canada to the Southern USA. It grows in almost any soil type, but thrives in ones that are deep, moist and well-drained. It can tolerate shade only when very young, otherwise it should not be planted on shady sites. Trees are either male or female: the male produces the yellow pollen that can be a major contributor to alleries in some people; the female produces dark blue fruit from late fall to early winter. The wood is extremely aromatic and is what cedar chests and cedar-lined closets are made from. It is also resistant to decay when in contact with the soil, making it a favorite of pioneers for fenceposts.
Plant Habit or Use: upright conifer medium tree
Exposure: sun partial sun
Flower Color: small cone
Blooming Period: spring
Fruit Characteristics: green to silver-blue resinous cone
Height: to 70 ft.
Width: to 45 ft.
Plant Character: evergreen
Heat Tolerance: very high high
Water Requirements: high medium low
Soil Requirements: adaptable