Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana 'Poyo')

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Plant Height: 30 to 60 feet (9-18 m)
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds
Other info: Trees usually dioecious
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Tip
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Dioecious

Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 18, 2012 2:34 PM

Eastern Red Cedar is a lovely and very common small tree that occurs throughout the United States from the Rocky Mountains east. It seems to be ubiquitous in every sunny fence row where a bird has had an opportunity to sit for awhile. It can thrive where few other plants can grow. The species is a 20 to 40 ft. gray-green columnar or broadly pyramidal tree that in time may have beautiful gray peeling bark and bright red wood. 'Poyo' is a dwarf spreading form that makes bright blue-green 3 ft. by 4 ft. clumps. Needle color is an attractive silver-blue. Clumps have dense centers and branches spread out gracefully. Use 'Poyo' in full sun and average to dry soil where you want a fine textured evergreen - as a low hedge, a back drop, or as accents in a larger garden.

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