Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

Lisa Samuelson, Ph.D.
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

EASTERN REDCEDAR
Juniperus virginiana
Cupressaceae

Needles are scale-like, overlapping, green and evergreen. Juvenile foliage is sharp and pointed. Bark is red-brown and shreddy. Cones are about 1/4 inch in diameter, waxy-blue, fleshy and berry like. Form is up to 15 m (50 ft) in height and 61 cm (2 ft) in diameter. Eastern redcedar is found in open areas throughout the east and central US. Shade intolerant. The durable, fragrant wood is used for fence posts, railroad ties, cedar chests and pencils. The seed cones are eaten by many birds and animals.

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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