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Varieties of Trees
 

Eastern Redcedar

Juniperus virginiana L.

Description:

The Eastern Redcedar is to many people in the South the traditionEastern Redcedar al Christmas tree. One characteristic people love is the cedar aroma. The needles are very small and are usually arranged in opposing pairs along the branchlets. They are a medium green to bronze green color. It is not uncommon to find blue berries on the tree. These berries are a favorite food for birds. The birds digest the fleshy part of the fruit and pass the hard shell seeds anywhere they sit. We used to buy Redcedar seedlings for replacement trees. Today we dig seedlings that have grown from the seeds deposited by bird under trees around our farm.

This tree scientific name tells us the tree is not a true cedar but a member of the juniper family. Numerous cultivars of Eastern Redcedar are grown for landscape purposes. We actually have one tree that is being tested as a cultivar that has soft  needles.

 


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