Juniperus virginiana

Eastern Red Cedar

With one of the best drought resistances of any native conifer in the eastern United States, the Eastern Red Cedar is an excellent hedge choice for drier climates. Though it prefers moderately moist soils, the tree also tolerates a variety of different growing conditions, from humid swamps to more arid environments.

The Eastern Red Cedar is a columnar evergreen conifer with a fluted base and horizontal branching that can grow up to 65 feet tall in the wild. The unique bark is colored gray to reddish-brown, shredding into long thin strips on mature trees, and the scale-like foliage is a stately dark blue-green.


Deer Resistance: YES
Sunset Heat Zones: 1 - 24
USDA Hardiness Zones: 2 - 9
Watering Requirements: Moderate
Growth Rate: Moderate
Mature Size: Up to 12’ height and 12’ width
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Drought Tolerance: Yes
Pest/Disease Issues: No serious insect or disease problems. Susceptible to twig blight, scale, mites and bagworms.