Perennial, Evergreen Tree
Sun Exposure: Sun, Part Shade, Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Type: Dry, limestone soils (adaptable). Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam Clay Loam, Clay, Rocky, Limestone-based, Caliche type.
Bloom Time: March-May
Bloom Color: green, purple, brown
Resistance: Drought, Extreme cold or heat
Attracts: Juicy berries & good nesting material for Birds (esp. Cedar Waxwing); Berries good for a variety of native wildlife; Butterflies
Pollinator benefit: Larval Host for Olive Hairstreak Butterfly
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Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana) Evergreen, aromatic tree with trunk often angled and buttressed at base and narrow, compact, columnar crown; sometimes becoming broad and irregular. Pyramidal when young, Eastern red-cedar mature form is quite variable. This evergreen usually grows 30-40 ft. but can reach 90 ft. Fragrant, scale-like foliage can be coarse or fine-cut, and varies in color from gray-green to blue-green to light- or dark-green. All colors tend to brown in winter. Pale blue fruits occur on female plants. Soft, silvery bark covers the single trunk.
The juicy "berries" are consumed by many kinds of wildlife, including the cedar waxwing, named for this tree. The fruits are a staple for many birds and small mammals. Also provides nesting material and cover.
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