Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana 'Hillspire')

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Plant Height: 30 to 60 feet (9-18 m)
Plant Spread: 6 to 15 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fragrant
Needled
Other: dense needles with scales
Fruit: Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Fall
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Other: dioecious - individuals are either male or female
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds
Other info: Trees usually dioecious
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Tip
Pollinators: Wind
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Dioecious

Comments:
Posted by flaflwrgrl (North Fl. - Zone 8b) on Jun 24, 2014 7:30 PM

This tree is a good replacement for the Leyland Cypress, which has so many problems. It does not get as huge as the Leyland either in height or spread. Its distinguishing characteristic is the deep, pure green of the foliage. The fruit is a small bluish-purple berry, which develops a whitish waxy coating on maturity.
The pollen can cause allergic reactions in individuals.
Does not like boggy conditions; must have well drained soil although it is not terribly picky about the soil, whether it is sandy or rocky or what have you.
Wind and pollution tolerant. Makes a spectacular specimen tree. Also great planted as a living screen or windbreak.

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