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Eastern Red Cedar

Juniperus virginiana

Native

Despite the fact that this species looks and sounds like a cedar, it is actually a juniper species. The eastern red cedar named for its predominance in eastern Ontario, but it can also be found scattered along the shores of Lake Huron, Lake Erie and Georgian Bay, as far north as the French River. It is a small tree and the shape is almost like a large cylinder – tall and narrow. It can be found on dry, rocky or sandy sites. It is also well adapted to dry soils and harsh conditions, and thrives even with salt spray from our roads.

 

Leaf

Dark bluish-green needles. Two types of leaves found on trees - some with slightly rounded, overlapping scales on mature branches; and on younger branches with sharp needles.

Fruit/Seed

Male and female cones on separate trees. Female cones are deep blue and berry-like, and very fragrant. Male cones are yellowish.

Bark

Bark light reddish-brown in long, narrow strips and fragrant.

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