Red Cedar Seedling
Normally a small, early successional tree, eastern red-cedar, also called red cedar, red juniper, can be long-lived if not overtopped and shaded. A common coniferous species throughout the eastern half of the United States, red-cedar can grow on a variety of sites and it's wood is valued because of its beauty, durability, and workability. It provides oil for fragrances, food and shelter for wildlife, provides erosion control, and winter interest.
Current Sale Size: 2 year old seedling, 10-16"
Growth Rate: Slow (Less than 6"/yr) to Moderate (6"-12"/yr)
Soils: Shallow rocky, Sand, Loam, Clay
Moisture: Moist to Dry (drought tolerant)
Shade Tolerance: Full Sun
Mature Height: 30-45 ft
Mature Spread: 8-25 ft
Deer Damage Potential: Low
Uses: Winter interest, windbreaks, wildlife habitat, erosion control, fragrance, drought tolerant
Special Notes: alternate host for cedar-apple rust (avoid planting near apples); Sometimes consider aggressive since no longer controlled by fire in native landscapes; Flammable (avoid planting near buildings)
USDA USFS Juniperus virginiana
U-M Herbarium - Michigan Flora