Eastern Red Cedar - 3 year old, Husky 10-16" Transplants

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Eastern Red Cedar, 3 year old, 10-16" Transplants

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Eastern Red Cedar

Juniperus virginiana

The Eastern Red Cedar is an iron man when it comes to trees.  If you have a tough spot to fill, this is your tree.  This cedar will grow just about anywhere, even in those bottom land and low lying areas of your property.  Its dense, blue-green and somewhat prickly foliage is a natural harbor for many types of birds and is deer proof.  The Eastern Red Cedar turns a purplish color in autumn and its berries stay on as a food source for many different birds and small mammals.

  • Zones
    2 to 9
  • Soil Type
    Clay, Loamy & Sandy soils
  • Site Selection
    Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Mature Height & Width
    40-50' Height and 8-20' Spread
  • Growth Rate
    Moderate - 12-24" per year on average
  • Moisture Requirements
    Drier to wetter soil types

Product questions

  • David Camarote
    Apr 8, 2020, 15:45

    Hello, are the 1-2 year old seedlings shipped with soil plugs or bare root? Are the "husky" 3 year old trees shipped in any kind of container or would they also be shipped bare root or with soil plugs?

    Apr 9, 2020, 17:25

    Both sizes of Eastern Red Cedar listed online are bare root plants. If you are interested in potted Eastern Red Cedar, please contact us directly by phone or email and we may have a solution for you.

  • Carole
    Apr 15, 2018, 09:43

    How tall is a 3 year old Red Cedar tree?

    Apr 16, 2018, 14:28

    The 10-16" Eastern Red Cedar trees are graded to be within the range of 10"-16", excluding roots. Roots may be again as much.

  • matt
    Nov 15, 2017, 20:31

    I have a few areas in my forest where the wind has blown down trees and created openings. Can I plant Red Cedar in those openings? I wouldn't be able to keep up with the grasses and briars after about the end of May. Would it be worth it to plant for deer cover?

    Nov 16, 2017, 12:53

    Eastern Red Cedar are great trees for deer cover. As with any bare root nursery stock, they need to be properly and regularly attended to during the first crucial growing season. It is necessary to keep weeds and grasses at bay. Well established competing vegetation almost always wins when it comes to battles. If you are unable to properly keep the competitors away, and if your trees are relying exclusively on precipitation, you are taking your chances. A full season of vigilant care and approximately an inch of water per week is the norm when planting bare root seedlings. If you aren't receiving rain, the trees will want water. Eastern Red Cedar should be watered at the base. Avoid getting the foliage wet, as Eastern Red Cedar is susceptible to the fungal pathogen known as Phomopsis which typically starts on the youngest new growth and eventually can kill the plant. If overhead sprinkling or in ground sprinklers must be used, water early in the day to allow for fast drying of plant tissue. If you are unable to provide the required moisture, the plants will likely fail to thrive. We understand that there are circumstances where it just isn't feasible to go out into the fields or forests and water new plantings. In those circumstances, you must prepared to cut your losses. This will be the case regardless of your supplier.

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.

Common uses for the Eastern Red Cedar:

  • Evergreen for almost any soil type or moisture situation
  • Excellent shelter for game birds, deer and many songbirds
  • Privacy screen or living fence
  • Naturalizing fields, old fence rows and river or stream banks
  • Reddish colored and naturally rot resistant lumber

The Eastern Red Cedar serves as a food and shelter source to many birds and mammals such as White-tailed deer. The berry like cones are eaten by many game birds and songbirds such as the Cedar Waxwing which was named after the tree. Game birds that look to this cedar for food and shelter include the Ruffed Grouse, the Bobwhite Quail and Wild Turkeys. Birds that use the Eastern Red Cedar for food or nesting cover include the Cooper's Hawk, Blue Jay, Robin, Northern Mockingbird as well as some warblers and sparrows. The dense cover also makes it a roosting hangout for many other birds including owls. The berry like seed cones are also eaten by the Gray Fox, Black Bear and the Eastern Chipmunk.  

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