Red Cedar Z 5-9 Diameter to 2', 25 - 50' tall
Habitat. Red Cedar is
commonly seen in the Midwest in farm pastures as cows do not like
the sharp needles or the taste. It prefers loamy soil on sunny
slopes and dry rocky hills. Small to medium sized tree..
Leaves. The red cedar needles
are about 1/6" long, opposite, persist for 5-6 years and from
a distance the tree has a somewhat similar look to a northern white
cedar. Though both are called cedars they are in totally different
family of trees, the Red Cedar is in the Juniper family and the
White Cedar is in the Arborvitae family. Needles tend to brown over
Flowers. The red cedar flowers
in April-May bearing 4-5 round pollen sacks..
Fruit. The Red Cedar cones are
1/4" in size, bluish berry, bearing 2-3 seeds and are quite
attractive but not known to be a food source for critters to my
Small, covered by needles.
Bark. The twigs are greenish
to red-brown and smooth, thin light brown on the trunk, exfoliating
lengthwise into narrow, persistent strips.
Wood. Eastern Red Cedar wood
is aromatic light (30 pounds per cubic foot), soft, close-grained,
brittle, weak, durable but easily worked, very fragrant, dull red,
with thin whitish sapwood.
Uses. Red cedar is used in
cedar chests, pencils, cedar chests, woodenware, fence posts,
interior finish and closets.
Pests. Diseases of the red
cedar are cedar apple rust and bagworms though neither are a major
Distribution. Red Cedars are
native in southern Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and
Pennsylvania. When you think of a nursery to buy Red Cedar from
consider Porcupine Hollow for a good little seedling or transplant
Other. Red Cedar can
be used for a hedge, windbreak or as a specimen tree. Red cedar can be difficult to transplant but will be
long lived once established.
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Molly holding Red Cedar seedlings
Bark of a mature Red Cedar
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