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Eastern Red Cedar

Juniperus virginiana
Eastern red cedar

Juniperus virginiana is native to eastern North America, from southeastern Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Eastern red cedar is a small evergreen that grows 16 to 66 feet tall. The aromatic, rot-resistant wood deters moths and is used to line closets and clothes chests. This tree is not a true cedar but a member of the juniper family and closely related to Rocky Mountain juniper (Juniperus scopulorum).

Identifying Characteristics:

  1. Leaves are scalelike, no more than twice as long as wide.
  2. Branchlets are green.
  3. Branchlets are prickly when rubbed down from the tip.

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