Eastern Red-Cedar

LATIN NAME
Juniperus virginiana

LONGEVITY
Perennial

SEASON
Evergreen

ORIGIN
Native

DETAILS
• Flowers March to May, with the fruit ripening September to December.
• Grows in all types of soils, on hilltops or in swamps.
• This juniper has become a major brush problem in Oklahoma and is quickly becoming a problem in the eastern part of the Texas Panhandle.
• Suffers greatly from fire. Prescribed burning is a valuable brush management tool if used before the plant exceeds 4-feet in height.
• The wood from this tree is used for novelties, posts, woodenware, paneling, closets, chests, and pencils. The aromatic character of the wood is considered a good insect repellent.
• The extract of cedar oil has various commercial uses.
• Fruit is eaten by at least 20 species of birds and opossum. Mockingbirds, in particular, like this fruit and will spread the seed over a large area.

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