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JUNIPERUS virginiana 'Burkii'

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Sharptop Trees

Family

Cupressaceae

Botanical Name

JUNIPERUS virginiana 'Burkii'

Plant Common Name

Burkii Eastern Red Cedar, Eastern Red Cedar

General Description

This versatile juniper forms a tall pyramid of lovely, blue-gray foliage which develops purple accents in winter. It is a cultivar of eastern red cedar, a hardy, highly adaptable evergreen which is widespread and common across much of eastern North America. ‘Burkii’ is an older variety which has become less common than it once was, but still offers the strength, beauty and resilience of its parent.

Eastern red cedars require full sun and thrive in well-drained soil of low to moderate fertility. They are highly tolerant of drought, heat, cold, and poor, rocky soils, but cannot tolerate soggy conditions or standing water. More compact-growing than the species, ‘Burkii’ is especially well-suited to residential homesites. It makes a fine screen or windbreak, and adds valuable vertical interest and year-round color to landscapes and gardens.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24

  • Plant Type

    Needled or Scaled Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    0'-20' / 0.0m - 6.1m

  • Width

    8'-10' / 2.4m - 3.0m

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, North-Central United States, Central United States, South-Central United States, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Pyramidal

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Purple, Blue Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Exfoliating

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes