[a.k.a. Eastern Redcedar]
Eastern Red Cedar mature into a very dense, columnar ornamental that is excellent as a windbreak or privacy screen.
Eastern Red Cedar plug seedlings for sale, approx 4-8″ tall [click to enlarge]
This prickly species grows at a fairly average speed for an evergreen, but only reach to heights of 40 feet, resulting in dense and rot resistant wood which is is famously used in cedar chests, cedar closets and outdoor applications such as fencing. It’s root system is very dense, making Eastern Red Cedar a perfect tree for erosion control. It is actually not a true Cedar, but rather a Juniper…somewhere in the past, the name just stuck.
Eastern Red Cedar is excellent for developing wildlife habitat on your property, offering birds cover for nesting, and berries as a food source during stressful winters. This evergreen grows as far south as Texas and Florida, and as far west as Oklahoma, Nebraska and Kansas.
Juniperus virginiana plug seedlings are a mixture of male and female, with the females producing minuscule flowers and blue berries, and the males producing what look like pine cones [but are actually pollen-producing structures]. It is impossible to determine male vs. female until they reach maturity and produce the telltale signs. Although the females must be pollinated to produce the seed-bearing fruit, there are enough cedars throughout the US that even an isolated female should bear fruit, since pollen can remain airborne for many many miles.
Eastern Red Cedar often turn a reddish or even purplish color due to winter exposure, and to the untrained eye one might conclude that they are damaged or dying. However, this color change is quite normal, and the trees will green up quickly in the warmer weather of Spring.
PLANT IN RECORD TIME:
Watch how to plant evergreen seedling plugs faster and with less effort than any other type of “bare root” evergreen tree. With just a cordless drill, a garden cart or wheelbarrow, a 5 gallon bucket of water, and any old/dull/rusty 1 inch drill bit you have lying around, you can realistically plant one plug seedling per minute. Your back will thank us later 🙂
Eastern Red Cedar plug seedlings: characteristics and info• prefers hardiness zones 3-9
• prefers full sun
• mature height and spread: up to 40 ft high, 10-15 ft spread
• prefers lighter soils, sandier soils, drier soils, well draining soils, does well in poor soils
• Missouri Botanical Garden info on Juniperus virginiana
• Eastern Red Cedar Sizes and Availability:
--- Eastern Red Cedar seedlings [pre-order now for Spring 2019]
--- Eastern Red Cedar plug seedlings [pre-order now for Spring 2019]
--- Eastern Red Cedar plug transplants [sold out till Fall 2019]
--- Eastern Red Cedar conservation grade plug transplants [sold out till Fall 2019]
• order using the green e-commerce buttons (if visible), or use our evergreen mailorder form or our custom invoice request form
• Comparable alternative species: White Cedar. Confused about species? Check out our Evergreen Tree Buyers Guide
PRE-ORDER NOW FOR SPRING 2019!
These specific evergreen plug seedlings are available for pre-order now and start shipping in Spring 2019 when they say they are ready [likely mid April]. If you’d like to delay shipment to May or even early June of 2019, please specify that date in a follow up email after placing your order.
Plug seedlings are shipped in bundles, but we offer individual plastic packaging, eco-friendly packaging, cotton gift bag packaging and custom laser cut pendants for all sizes of plug seedlings and plug transplants, sold separately in matching quantities.