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All About the Eastern Red Cedar

By wildflowers
November 23, 2011

If I were asked what I love most about this tree, I probably couldn't give just one attribute, but the first thing that comes to mind is how much I enjoy the pleasant fragrance the tree emits, and how its handsome stature makes a perfect Christmas tree. But then maybe it's because it's so beneficial to songbirds and other wildlife, protecting and feeding so many over winter. Or maybe it's how much history the tree has, or how it provides medicine for many.

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Name: Margaret
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Mindy03
Nov 22, 2011 7:00 PM CST
What a great article Christine I really enjoyed reading about the red cedar tree as it grows in abundance here.



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Sharon
Nov 22, 2011 7:06 PM CST
I love the picture, Margaret, look at the red centers! Mostly I love the mountains in the background. What a great picture.

And Christine, one of my favorite topics, the red cedar.
This is a very nice article, very informative. Thanks for sharing all your knowledge with us.

It's like Margaret says, they grow wild all over Kentucky.
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 22, 2011 9:03 PM CST
Not long ago I entered the Eastern Red Cedar in the database along with photos of ours. I learned far more from your article about them than I did entering the info. about them. Nice article Christine. Thank you. Thumbs up
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RickCorey
Nov 22, 2011 9:26 PM CST
Thanks for the great article!

I used to hike in a local park: West Rock in New Haven. Lots of juniper. Every so often, I'd find a fallen branch with some red heartwood and scoop it up for shavings. I was resisting cutting anything off a living tree when I found a woodpile when rangers had cut one down! I came back that night with a bow saw and backpack and stocked up!

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SongofJoy
Nov 23, 2011 4:40 AM CST
Nice article, Christine. Trees and bees and flowers, what could be better. Thumbs up
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Mindy03
Nov 23, 2011 5:46 AM CST
Thank you Sharon glad you enjoyed the picture. DH took that one for an ad he used to advertise cedar fence posts for sale.
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 23, 2011 6:11 AM CST
Margaret, you should put that photo in the database to show the red in the middle & leave a little comment.
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wildflowers
Nov 23, 2011 6:44 AM CST
Hi, thanks everyone, I'm happy to know you enjoyed the article. The red cedar is so useful!

I agree Margaret, please add your great picture to the database (I was looking for such a picture) to show how beautiful the heartwood is! Hurray!
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SongofJoy
Nov 23, 2011 7:02 AM CST
I agree
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Ridesredmule
Nov 23, 2011 8:13 AM CST
Christine, wonderful article!!! Thanks for writting....
We have cedar trees and in the summer my longears will walk up against it. I think it must help keep the flies away.
They also like to lay on the southside to keep winds at bay.....
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Horseshoe
Nov 23, 2011 9:05 AM CST
Great article/write-up! I enjoyed reading about something close to my heart.

We've got red cedars in abundance here, too. My daughter's first Christmas tree was a wimpy Charlie-Brown cedar I dug up and brought into the house; it would barely hold any ornaments! I planted it in the front yard and now, with DD turning 18 this coming January, that tree is a good 25 ft tall and 12 ft in diameter (the foliage, not the trunk).

I just held a dead Cedar waxwing in my hand yesterday that had flown into the windows of the house I was working at. Stuck to its feathers was a juniper berry; it looked well-fed, too.

Like certain other trees and plants on this farm, red cedar is amongst the ranks of being seldom (if ever) removed/abused. Like you pointed out, Christine, it holds a bit of reverence, eh?

Thanks for enlightening so many folks with your article!
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 23, 2011 9:11 AM CST
Cedar waxwing Crying

I'm looking forward to seeing them in our cedars as I never saw any CW's at our former home.

I LOVE birds!
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wildflowers
Nov 23, 2011 10:53 AM CST
Hi Charleen Thank you! Big Grin hmmm I wonder too if they are keeping the bugs off, animals do have a way of knowing things like that, I think.

and thank you, Shoe, I bet your 25' Christmas tree looks pretty with some lights? Big Grin Yes indeed, the red cedar is revered in this heart too, and hope to see my little tree grow to 25' and beyond!

Ann, I hope you see some waxwings- I have a feeling you will! Big Grin
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Mindy03
Nov 23, 2011 1:18 PM CST
Picture added by popular request Smiling

Forgot all about a comment though sorry Ann.
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 23, 2011 1:25 PM CST
You can go back & make a comment in the comment section & say the comment is about your photo. No problem.
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Mindy03
Nov 23, 2011 1:33 PM CST
OK I added the comment also.

Now I'm off to knit some more.
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 23, 2011 1:34 PM CST
Thumbs up
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Bubbles
Nov 23, 2011 11:25 PM CST
Enjoyed your article about the red cedar, Christine. Our cedars (Ash junipers) are not held in such high esteem here. They give us allergies and take water from other natives plants!

I also learned something I didn't know about the connection of the red cedar and the name Baton Rouge. Sieur d'Iberville discovered my hometown of Biloxi, MS on his way to Baton Rouge.
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Justin
Nov 28, 2011 12:30 PM CST
I agree Great article!

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wildflowers
Nov 28, 2011 3:15 PM CST
Thank you Bubbles! I find the history so interesting too!

Thank you for reading, Justin! Smiling
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