Juniperus virginiana

Common name: Eastern Red Cedar

Native plant

A ubiquitous species of Illinois interstates and rest-stops, but also a suprising sucessful naturalizer and habitat builder. We may be a touch glib on that but that is usually how most people see this species. Its a shame. Juniperus virginiana has a lot to offer for those looking for winter cover/forage for birds, soil stablization or even screening on poor soils. It is also one of those rarer evergreens that has a fall color (kinda), changing to a rusty orange green. There are a couple of drawbacks that need to be considered before planting this in your yard. First, it is a common vector to cedar-apple rust that can be damaging to apple and related species. Possibly very damaging, so please be sure of impact before planting. Second, it will seed into other areas, easily. Third, it is poky, very, very poky. Other than that we can't recomend it enough, when we have it in stock. (which is not every year) 


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Plant Details

Plant type

Tree, Large Shrub

Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry)

Light exposure

Eastern Exposure / Morning Sun, Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period

Late Spring

Urban environment

Durable Near High Traffic Areas, Harsh Exposure Tolerant, Road-side/Salt Tolerant


Prairie Grasslands, Sandy Soils, Savannas

Growth form

Dence Growth Form, Low branched, Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
20 Feet
Mature width
10 Feet
Max height
60 Feet
Max width
40 Feet

Additional information

Drought Resistant Soil Stabilizer Loved by birds

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