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Juniperus virginiana

Juniper- Eastern Red Cedar

The Eastern Red Cedar is an iron man when it comes to trees. If you have a tough spot to fill, this is your tree. This cedar will grow just about anywhere, even in those bottom land and low lying areas of your property. Its dense, blue-green and somewhat prickly foliage is a natural harbor for many types of birds and is deer proof. The Eastern Red Cedar turns a purplish color in autumn and its berries stay on as a food source for many different birds and small mammals.

Our plants come with extra large and fibrous root systems, ready to plant and flourish!

Key Plant Details


Planting Zones:

2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9


Soil Type:

Clay, Sandy, Loamy


Light Requirement:

Part Shade, Part Sun, Sun



Average, Dry, Wet

Plant Characteristics


Mature Size:

15-20 foot spread, 40-50 feet in height


Annual Growth Rate:



Shop By Use:

Deer Resistant, Juglone Tolerant, Privacy Screen

Care Tips

Care Tips - Growing:

Eastern Red Cedar tendency to brown in winter – do not be concerned. Intolerant of full shade or soil that is constantly wet. Host to Cedar Apple Rust. When using in any landscape, avoid planting near crabapple and apple trees as this creates nearby available hosts. Beneficial to provide at least a hundred yards of clearance if there is an apple orchard or crabapple in the vicinity. Eastern Red Cedar can experience dieback if ice develops and persists on the branches.

Care Tips - Pruning:

Pruning isn't necessary

Care Tips - Soil:

Moist, dry, average, as well as rocky, well-drained soil

Care Tips - Uses:

Windbreak, Screen, Roadside planting

Zone Map

This plant will grow in these zones