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JUNIPERUS virginiana 'Hetzii'

Image of Juniperus virginiana 'Hetzii'

Family

Cupressaceae

Botanical Name

JUNIPERUS virginiana 'Hetzii'

Plant Common Name

Eastern Red Cedar, Hetz Red Cedar

General Description

This big beauty forms an enormous, fountain-shaped mound of fine, silvery-blue foliage which beautifies gardens and landscapes year-round. ‘Hetzii’ is a variety of eastern red cedar, a hardy, highly adaptable evergreen which is widespread and common across much of eastern North America. A female cultivar, it may also produce an attractive crop of small, blue-purple, berry-like cones, which provide valuable winter food for numerous birds.

Eastern red cedars are low-maintenance plants which 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. Because of its eventual large size, ‘Hetzii’ should be planted where it has room to grow. It makes an effective hedge or windscreen, and is ideal for large-scale landscapes and parks where great masses of foliage are needed for long-range visibility.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    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

    12'-15' / 3.7m - 4.6m

  • Width

    10'-15' / 3.0m - 4.6m

  • 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

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Fruit Color

    Blue

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Blue Green, Silver

  • 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

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Exfoliating

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Hedges, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No