Also known as: Red Juniper, Savin
Eastern Red Cedar, or Red Juniper, is a North American native evergreen conifer fine texture, aromatic leaves that are blue green, straight trunk is silvery or reddish. Blooms with two type of flowers, male tree are yellowish brown, female are light bluish. Blooming March, April and May. Fruit bearing a cone like blue berry fruit on female trees in the winter. The cone fruit become mature in September about ¼ wide. Mature Height: 30-70 feet Spreading: 10-20 feet Spacing 10 feet apart for screen and hedge row. Light: Full sun, partial shade Soil: average to poor, neutral to alkaline preferred. Tolerant to salt and urban pollution, low maintenance with very little pruning.
Produces essential oils for aromatherapy uses.
Wildlife Benefits: Providing excellent refuge for small mammals and birds. As well as nesting sites for hummingbirds, juncos, myrtle warblers, mourning doves, eastern screech owls.
Excellent food source for eastern cedar waxwings, purple finch, eastern bluebird, American Robin, Northern bobwhite, turkeys, mourning doves, northern mockingbirds, downy woodpecker, rabbits, fox, squirrels, skunks, opossums and many other.
post oak, black oak, white ash, persimmon, redbud, sparkleberry, sourwood, loblolly pine, shortleaf pine
Yearly Foliage: Evergreen
Hardiness Zone: 5-9
Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
Mature Growth: 30-70 feet tall – 10-20 feet wide
Soil: Moist loamy, sand or clay. roadsides, meadows, fields, pond margins, stream banks.
Blooms: March – May
Wildlife: Nectar-insects, Nectar-butterflies, Nectar-bees
Larval Host Plant for: Purple & Olive Hairstreak Butterfly