[a.k.a Eastern Redcedar, Virginia Cedar]
Eastern Red Cedar 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.
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.
Eastern Red Cedar seedlings: characteristics and options• 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 [now shipping]
--- Eastern Red Cedar plug seedlings [now shipping]
--- Eastern Red Cedar plug transplants [sold out till Fall 2019]
--- Eastern Red Cedar conservation grade plug transplants [sold out till Fall 2019]
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• Comparable alternative species: White Cedar. Confused about species? Check out our Evergreen Tree Buyers Guide
These specific bare root evergreen seedlings are available and shipping now [shipping info]. If you’d like to delay shipment, please specify that date in a follow up email after placing your order. However, shipping season for these specific evergreen trees ends around Thanksgiving week 2018 and resumes in Spring 2019. If you need evergreen trees shipped before or after these dates, please 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.