Southern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana var silicicola)

  • This densely-foliated, wide pyramidal, columnar or oval evergreen grows fairly quickly, ultimately reaching heights up to 40 feet with a 25-foot spread. Mature specimens of Southern Redcedar take on a flat-topped, almost windswept appearance, making them very picturesque.
  • The dense growth and attractive foliage make Southern Redcedar a favorite for windbreaks, screens, and wildlife-cover for large-scale landscapes. Its high salt-tolerance makes it ideal for seaside locations.
  • Red Cedar can make a nice Christmas tree, and the fragrant wood is popular for repelling insects. Cedar Key, Florida, once had extensive Redcedar forests before the lumber was extensively harvested and the wood used for chests and pencils.
  • These trees shouldn’t be planted near apples because it is the alternate host for cedar-apple rust. On Juniper, the disease forms galls and orange jelly-like horns in spring. The horns usually form following periods of rainy, warm weather, producing spores that infect the alternate host. The disease is more serious on apples than Juniper. A separation of a few hundred yards may help avoid the disease.  Prune out the spore horns when seen in the spring.

Information Source: Juniperus silicicola: Southern Redcedar

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