Eastern Redcedar

JUNIPERUS VIRGINIANA – Eastern Redcedar

The Eastern Redcedar Evergreen Tree is native in 37 states


[Elementary School students]

Did you know?

What part of the tree is used building things?

The wood is often used to make fence posts and rails as it is naturally rot resistant.

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/all/juniperus-virginiana/

What did early American Settlers use this tree for?

Eastern Redcedar was found at Roanoke Island, Virginia and was prized by the Colonists for building furniture, rail fences, and log cabins.

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What holiday can this tree be used for?

This evergreen is sometimes used as a Christmas tree

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Can the tree be used for medical purposes?

A tea of fruits and leaves for coughs and colds. Berries can be chewed for canker sores in mouth. Native Americans drank oil from red cedar berries for dysentery. Boiled fruit and leaves make a drink for colds and coughs.

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Is the tree poisonous?

Fleshy cones (resembles berries), leaves. Low toxicity when ingested; large amounts may cause diarrhea.

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Leaf

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[Middle School students]

Habitat (where it likes to live)

Well drained soils in full sun and also in wet soils
Location: Eastern and central North America  (Zone 2 to 9)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juniperus_virginiana

Requirements (what it needs to live)

Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Sun – Full sun to part shade

Identification (what it looks like)

Dense evergreen conifer
Berries are pronounced when in bloom
Foliage is fragrant


[High School students]

Habit (how it grows)

Height: 30 to 40 feet
Spread: 10 to 12 feet
Bloom Time: Summer
Bloom Description: Blue berries on female trees
Sun: Full sun
Tolerate: Drought, heat and cold

Berries

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Tree:

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/all/juniperus-virginiana/

Suggested Use (where to plant it):

Screening
Food for birds and butterflies
Parks – Seth Hand Park
Resistant to deer damage


References:

  1. Missouri Botanic Garden – missouribotanicgarden.org
  2. NC State Extension– https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/all/juniperus-virginiana/
  3. Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juniperus_virginiana
  4. Wildflower - https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=JUVI
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