The Eastern Red Cedar is also sometimes called the Eastern Juniper, Red Juniper or the Pencil Cedar.
The Eastern Red Cedar is sturdy beyond belief once it is established. In the seedling and small tree stage, it needs to be watered vigilantly, sometimes twice weekly if you are experiencing a dry spell. Eastern Red Cedar can benefit from using a root stimulator when it is planted such as Ferti-Lome Root Stimulator & Plant Start Solution®, or something similar.
This plant may benefit from the application of a fungicide. It is intolerant of wet foliage, so watering the soil at the base of the plant is necessary. With that said, the Eastern Red Cedar is prone to mold and/or fungus if the foliage remains wet. After planting, heavy precipitation or long lasting dew may present challenges for the seedlings. If they brown out, it is likely a matter of water lingering on or around the foliage. If heavy or frequent precipitation occurs in your location, this may cause you to experience issues with your Eastern Red Cedar.
The Eastern Red Cedar is about as deer proof as they come so it is a great choice for those areas with heavy deer populations. The dense foliage is used for roosting and nesting cover by many types of game birds, songbirds and several types of raptors.
These plants require a bit of special attention during the first planting season in particular. Eastern Red Cedar requires adequate moisture. During dry spells, it is necessary to provide additional water, (a thorough soaking applied directly at soil level). Eastern Red Cedar does not like wet foliage, especially when they are younger trees. However, they are typically content in wetter soils.