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Juniperus virginiana

Eastern Red Cedar

Scientific Name:

Juniperus virginiana

Genus:

Juniperus

Species Epithet:

virginiana

Common Name:

Eastern Red Cedar

Plant Type

Tree

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Cupressaceae (Cypress Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

36-72 ft.

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

Jan, Feb, March

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

In a wide variety of forests, pastures, old fields, roadsides, and fencerows, primarily upland, occurring most abundantly on circumneutral soils (including shrink-swell clays), derived from mafic or calcareous rocks. Common to very common in the NC Piedmont, and easily found there. It is generally common in the central and southern mountains, and in the extreme western Coastal Plain; scarce in the northern mountains. In most of the Coastal Plain and Sandhills it is rare or uncommon and of uncertain provenance.

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Highest Wildlife Value

Landscape Value:

Highly Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Dioecious-male and female flowers on separate trees.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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