Eastern Red Cedar Seedlings – Juniperus virginiana

[a.k.a Eastern Redcedar, Virginia Cedar]
[Juniperus virginiana]


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eastern red cedar seedlings for sale
Eastern Red Cedar seedlings, 5-10″ tall

Eastern Red Cedar seedlings are excellent for developing wildlife habitat on your property, offering birds cover for nesting, and berries as a food source during stressful winters. Eastern Red Cedar grow at a fairly average speed for an evergreen and reach heights of about 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. The root system of this species is very dense, making it a perfect tree for erosion control. The Eastern Red Cedar is 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.

Missouri Botanical Garden info on Juniperus virginiana >>

Eastern Red Cedar: Zones 3-9
Eastern Red Cedar prefers zones 3-9 and full sun

Eastern Red Cedar seedlings grow as far south as Texas and Florida, and as far west as Oklahoma, Nebraska and Kansas, but requires light, well-draining soil, and does not need a lot of watering. Rich soils and lots of water can result in root rot, which will kill the tree. This is actually an advantage for people who have poor soil, or who just want to plant and [almost] forget. Watering would only be necessary in the first year after planting, when the roots can’t reach far enough down for deeper moisture.

Interestingly, Eastern Red Cedar 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 seedlings 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 these evergreen seedlings will green up quickly in the warmer weather of Spring.

These specific bare root evergreen trees begin shipping in mid Oct, 2018 [shipping info] but you can reserve these trees in your name by placing an order now. If you’d like to delay shipment to late October or November, please specify that date in a follow up email after placing your order. However, shipping season for these specific bare root trees ends in mid November 2018. If you need a later shipment, we suggest you look at our various sizes and species of evergreen plug seedlings and evergreen plug transplants, which can be shipped at nearly any time of year.

We offer cotton gift bag packaging and custom laser cut pendants for all sizes of bare root seedlings and transplants, sold separately in matching quantities.