Eastern Red Cedar Tree

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Birds Love Native Eastern Red Cedar Tree

  • Native Evergreen
  • Tough, Durable and Drought Resistant
  • Wildlife Cover and Bird Magnet
  • Wonderful Texture
  • Aromatic Wood
  • Male and Female Trees

The Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana) is one tough old native tree that you can respect. You can find it growing in the wilds of North America - from the eastern seaboard all the way through the country, as far west as Texas and north into South Dakota. You'll see these wild trees flourishing in the harshest of conditions.

Hot and dry sites where road salt and open exposed areas won't even make this plant flinch. Air pollution, shallow and rocky soils, even soils where Black Walnut grows won't affect the Eastern Red Cedar tree. Deer usually pass on this one, too.

If you're a bird-lover, this is the evergreen tree for you. Eastern Redcedar will attract generations of small mammals, songbirds and game, robins, juncos, warblers, cedar waxwing, sparrows, quail, grouse, pheasants and wild turkeys. They'll happily work on nesting and roosting in the branches.

The bark is reddish-brown and has a shredding nature that is hidden from view but useful for bird nest construction. Tiny, dark blue, berry-like cones produced by the female tree are a valuable food source for many species of birds.

You'll enjoy a range of colors that start with silvery blue to dark green foliage during the growing season. In the fall and winter, it changes to a purplish color that makes a beautiful accent against your home and outbuildings. Embrace that winter color.

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How to Use Eastern Red Cedar Tree in the Landscape

Plant several along your driveway so you can enjoy the rich, cedar aroma as you arrive home and screen off the neighbor at the same time. Kids of all ages love this rugged, earthy fragrance. The scent will easily connect you to the natural world and ground you in a few moments. What a nice transition for you to shake off your workday.

People also love to clip sprigs for use indoors during the holiday season. They make wonderful wreaths or cut boughs for an invigorating bouquet.

Woodworkers, take note. The dark red heartwood is easy to work with, is rot resistant and weathers beautifully. It is the wood used to make cedar chests.

Eastern Red Cedar grows with a dense and shaggy texture, but the plants are mostly pyramidal in shape. They look their best if allowed to grow in their natural form. It's a fantastic look for a rustic or contemporary property.

Use these pyramidal Christmas tree-shaped screening, windbreaks and shelterbelts, or even a specimen plant for open areas with full sun or partial sun. Try them at the edge of more formal gardens, too, in a sly nod to the transition between manicured and wilderness.

Be sure to include seating nearby, as these trees will deliver incredible bird-watching opportunities.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Red Cedar will grow in almost any dry or moist soil with only one exception... they hate soil that is consistently wet. Once established with a bit of careful attention to water, the plants will become completely self-sufficient and have high drought tolerance. 

Hardy and easy to transplant, the Eastern Red Cedar is a low-maintenance tree that will adapt to almost any conditions and provide you with years of enjoyment. While not true Cedars, Eastern Red Cedars are just as aromatic and similar in appearance.

Please note that Nature Hills uses Plant Sentry™ to stop shipments into areas where this tree does a little "too well." It's also best to plant this tree at least 500 feet away from Apple trees to prevent potential Cedar-Apple rust. (Nothing should get in the way of a good Apple crop!)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Eastern Red Cedar a good tree?

Eastern Red Cedar are great fast-growing trees with blue-green evergreen foliage that is a boon to wildlife.

How fast do Eastern Red Cedars grow?

The fast growth rate will add privacy and cover very quickly to your landscape, achieving at least a couple of feet of new growth each year in optimal conditions.

How tall do Eastern Red Cedars get?

Eastern Red Cedar can achieve a mature height of 40-60 feet tall in optimal conditions.

Can you keep an Eastern Red Cedar small?

You can use a hand pruner to head back the longer spires of new growth to keep a more natural look to the plant by shortening them as needed. Some like to shear the plants once a year to keep the plant tight and more formal in overall appearance.

What Shipping Options Do You Offer?

NatureHills.com works closely with our growers and nursery professionals to ensure we ship when it is most appropriate for your area. Our goal is to deliver the hardiest plants by avoiding extreme high and low temperatures. Check out our shipping schedule for more information and to learn our wills and wonts when it comes to shipping plants. Find your Eastern Red Cedar Trees for sale here at NatureHills.com!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

About Plant Sentry™

Plant Sentry is designed to protect both consumers and the nursery trade from invasive plant pests and diseases. Sites that display the Plant Sentry protection badge are protected from consumers buying and nurseries shipping material carrying invasive pests and diseases.

This proprietary eCommerce software prevents the shipment of a restricted plant to each state. The Plant Sentry system includes a shipment certification program. The Plant Sentry Compliance Officer works closely with NatureHills.com and each nursery or fulfillment center to ensure only compliant plants are sold to customers.

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

*If you have found your zone already, it will be highlighted in the table below.
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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Eastern Red Cedar Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-9
Growing Zones 3-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Juniperus virginiana
Mature Height 40 - 60 feet
Mature Spread 10 - 20 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Green
Foliage Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly No