JUNIPERUS virginiana 'Glauca'
Plant Common Name
Eastern Red Cedar, Silver Cedar
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The stark, evergreen towers of eastern red cedar are an enduring, widespread presence in the abandoned fields and open roadsides of eastern North America, from Nova Scotia down to northern Florida and across to Texas. Appearing in a variety of shapes and sizes, this fragrant, strong-wooded tree or shrub tends to grow in groups and either adopts a tall and narrow or broadly conical form. It grows slowly to moderately fast, depending on soil and climate, and may eventually become a sizable tree, potentially living for hundreds of years.
The aromatic, scale-like, evergreen foliage of eastern red cedar is dense, lush, and prickly to the touch and may develop bronze tones in the cold of winter. Mature specimens develop sturdy, fluted trunks with appealing, silvery brown bark which peels off in long, papery shreds. The fragrant, red-colored wood has long been prized for its beauty and resistance to decay. Female plants bear large quantities of small, blue, berry-like cones which are an important source of winter food for many bird species.
This hardy, adaptable evergreen requires full sun and well-drained soil of low to moderate fertility. It is highly tolerant of drought, heat, cold, and poor, rocky soils but cannot withstand soggy or wet locations. An excellent wildlife plant, eastern red cedar is beautiful whether planted as a specimen, screen or windbreak. Numerous cultivars exist, all of which make attractive, versatile, low-maintenance additions to the landscape.