Eastern Red Cedar Plug Seedlings

[a.k.a. Eastern Redcedar]
[Juniperus virginiana]

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Eastern Red Cedar mature into a very dense, columnar ornamental that is excellent as a windbreak or privacy screen. It is actually not a true Cedar, but rather a Juniper…somewhere in the past, the name just stuck.

Eastern Red Cedar plug seedlings for sale, approx 5-10″ tall

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.

CLOSED for the summer, sales resume in late August 2024

Juniperus virginiana 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.

Interesting Features

eastern red cedar seedlings for sale
Winter-hardened Eastern Red Cedar, showing their natural “sunscreen”

Interestingly, Eastern Red Cedar are a mixture of male and female, with the females producing minuscule flowers and blue berries. The males produce what look like pine cones [but are actually pollen-producing structures]. So 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, pollen can remain airborne for many many miles. But there are enough cedars throughout the US that even an isolated female should bear fruit.

Eastern Red Cedar seedlings often turn a reddish or even purplish color due to winter exposure. To the untrained eye one might conclude that they are damaged or dying. However, this color change is quite normal, and they will green up quickly in the warmer weather of Spring. This reddening process provides a natural sunscreen at a time in the winter when the trees are not putting the light to good use via photosynthesis. Because the unused light is still hitting the tree, it can overwhelm the cells, especially if the tree is poking out above a small amount of white snow cover on a sunny day. The tree produces carotenoid pigments which then fade and disappear in the spring. More info from WSU >> [I’ve heard of mountain climbers putting sunscreen on their faces but failing to cover the undersides of their ears and noses, resulting in some very weird sunburns]

Plant In Record Time:
plant evergreen trees fasterYou can plant evergreen plug seedlings faster and with less effort than any traditional "bare root" evergreen seedling or transplant, upwards of 50 to 100 per hour without breaking your back, using a cordless drill and this garden auger. Click the thumbnail to watch on YouTube. This steel garden auger is FREE with purchase of 200 or more plug seedlings, or just $17.00 [our cost] with any tree purchase, or $37.00 with no tree purchase, shipped anywhere in the USA [int'l shipping is extra].
Individual Packaging Options:
Plug seedlings are grouped in bundles or bags for shipping, but we offer individual plastic packaging, eco-friendly packaging, and cotton gift bag packaging for all sizes of plug seedlings, sold separately in matching quantities. These individual packaging services are available for plug seedlings only.

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 [sold out till Fall 2024]
--- Eastern Red Cedar plug seedlings [sold out till Fall 2024]
• Comparable alternative species: White Cedar, Western Red Cedar. Confused about species? Check out our Evergreen Tree Buyers Guide

CURRENTLY SOLD OUT in this species in this size, see size and availability options above. Please consider joining our very unobtrusive email list to be notified when we begin selling and shipping this species in this size. You may also request a custom invoice to pay for and reserve these specific trees in your name for a future Spring or Fall shipping season.
Prices below include all shipping and handling and a one year guarantee*:
5-pack for $38.00 (5 evergreen plug seedlings)
10-pack for $54.00 (10 evergreen plug seedlings)
25-pack for $95.00 (25 evergreen plug seedlings)
50-pack for $159.00 (50 evergreen plug seedlings)
100-pack for $229.00 (100 evergreen plug seedlings)