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Juniperus virginiana

Juniperus virginiana L.

 

Eastern Redcedar, Red Cedar, Eastern Juniper, Red Juniper, Pencil Cedar, Eastern Red Cedar

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionConiferophytaConifers—cone-bearing trees (and a few shrubs)
ClassPinopsidaGymnosperms such as cedars, Douglas-firs, cypresses, firs, junipers, kauri, larches, pines, hemlocks, redwoods, spruces, and yews
OrderPinalesCone-bearing plants: cedar, cypress, fir, juniper, larch, pine, redwood, spruce, yew, and others
FamilyCupressaceaeCypres family, including junipers and redwoods
GenusJuniperusLatin for “juniper”
Speciesvirginiana“From Virginia”

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Eastern redcedar is native to eastern North America. For a taste of the truly bizarre, check out this cedar apple rust. It is a fungus that grows only on this cedar and goes through an amazing life cycle.

Identification: These cedars range from bush height to 66' (20 m). They are common, and grow in a wide range of soils. Bark is red-brown. Leaves are composed of heavily branched wiry filaments about ¹/₁₆" (2 mm) in diameter. If you inspect the leaves carefully, they are made up of a series of overlapping scales. Cones appear to be dark blue berries, often appearing lighter and powdery or waxy on the surfaces. They are about ¼-½" (6.3-12 mm) in diameter, and very numerous.

Online References:

Juniperus virginiana on Carolina Nature, from Will Cook

Juniperus virginiana at Purdue University's Center for New Crops and Plants Products

Juniperus virginiana on Discover Life

Juniperus virginiana on Wikipedia

Juniperus virginiana on The Gymnosperm Database

Juniperus virginiana at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Juniperus virginiana at the University of Connecticut Plant Database

Juniperus virginiana at the Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

Juniperus virginiana at the USDA Forest Service's Silvics of North America site

Juniperus virginiana on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants

Juniperus virginiana on eFloras

Juniperus virginiana (Eastern Redcedar, Red Cedar, Eastern Juniper, Red Juniper, Pencil Cedar, Eastern Red Cedar)

2/14/2012 · Halibut Point State Park, Rockport, MA
≈ 31 × 46" (78 × 117 cm)

Juniperus virginiana (Eastern Redcedar, Red Cedar, Eastern Juniper, Red Juniper, Pencil Cedar, Eastern Red Cedar)

3/10/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 7 × 4½" (17 × 11 cm) ID is uncertain

Juniperus virginiana (Eastern Redcedar, Red Cedar, Eastern Juniper, Red Juniper, Pencil Cedar, Eastern Red Cedar)

2/14/2012 · Halibut Point State Park, Rockport, MA
≈ 6 × 4" (15 × 10 cm)

Juniperus virginiana (Eastern Redcedar, Red Cedar, Eastern Juniper, Red Juniper, Pencil Cedar, Eastern Red Cedar)

6/13/2011 · Great Falls State Park, Washington, DC
≈ 7 × 4½" (17 × 11 cm) ID is uncertain

Juniperus virginiana (Eastern Redcedar, Red Cedar, Eastern Juniper, Red Juniper, Pencil Cedar, Eastern Red Cedar)

10/5/2010 · Susan and Raimond’s, Phoenix, MD
≈ 5 × 8" (13 × 19 cm) ID is uncertain

Juniperus virginiana description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Juniperus virginiana (Eastern Redcedar, Red Cedar, Eastern Juniper, Red Juniper, Pencil Cedar, Eastern Red Cedar)

2/14/2012 · Halibut Point State Park, Rockport, MA
≈ 7 × 4½" (17 × 11 cm)

Juniperus virginiana (Eastern Redcedar, Red Cedar, Eastern Juniper, Red Juniper, Pencil Cedar, Eastern Red Cedar)

11/29/2009 · Rail Trail, Ayer, MA
≈ 7 × 4½" (17 × 11 cm) ID is uncertain

Juniperus virginiana (Eastern Redcedar, Red Cedar, Eastern Juniper, Red Juniper, Pencil Cedar, Eastern Red Cedar)

10/5/2010 · Susan and Raimond’s, Phoenix, MD
≈ 16 × 24" (41 × 62 cm) ID is uncertain

Juniperus virginiana (Eastern Redcedar, Red Cedar, Eastern Juniper, Red Juniper, Pencil Cedar, Eastern Red Cedar)

3/10/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA ID is uncertain

Juniperus virginiana (Eastern Redcedar, Red Cedar, Eastern Juniper, Red Juniper, Pencil Cedar, Eastern Red Cedar)

6/13/2011 · Great Falls State Park, Washington, DC
≈ 8 × 5" (19 × 13 cm) ID is uncertain

Juniperus virginiana (Eastern Redcedar, Red Cedar, Eastern Juniper, Red Juniper, Pencil Cedar, Eastern Red Cedar)

11/29/2009 · Rail Trail, Ayer, MA
≈ 10 × 12" (24 × 29 cm) ID is uncertain

Juniperus virginiana (Eastern Redcedar, Red Cedar, Eastern Juniper, Red Juniper, Pencil Cedar, Eastern Red Cedar)

7/5/2010 · Tarrywile Park and Mansion, Danbury, CT
≈ 8 × 5" (19 × 13 cm) ID is uncertain

Juniperus virginiana (Eastern Redcedar, Red Cedar, Eastern Juniper, Red Juniper, Pencil Cedar, Eastern Red Cedar)

10/5/2010 · Susan and Raimond’s, Phoenix, MD
≈ 5 × 3½" (13 × 9.2 cm) ID is uncertain

Juniperus virginiana (Eastern Redcedar, Red Cedar, Eastern Juniper, Red Juniper, Pencil Cedar, Eastern Red Cedar)

7/2/2010 · Stansbury Mill Rd, Phoenix, MD
≈ 21 × 14" (52 × 34 cm)

Juniperus virginiana (Eastern Redcedar, Red Cedar, Eastern Juniper, Red Juniper, Pencil Cedar, Eastern Red Cedar)

7/5/2010 · Tarrywile Park and Mansion, Danbury, CT
≈ 4½ × 3" (11 × 7.9 cm) ID is uncertain

Juniperus virginiana (Eastern Redcedar, Red Cedar, Eastern Juniper, Red Juniper, Pencil Cedar, Eastern Red Cedar)

4/3/2011 · Susan & Raimond’s, Phoenix, MD
≈ 5 × 3½" (13 × 9.2 cm) ID is uncertain

Juniperus virginiana (Eastern Redcedar, Red Cedar, Eastern Juniper, Red Juniper, Pencil Cedar, Eastern Red Cedar)

11/29/2009 · Rail Trail, Ayer, MA
≈ 7 × 4½" (17 × 11 cm) ID is uncertain

Juniperus virginiana (Eastern Redcedar, Red Cedar, Eastern Juniper, Red Juniper, Pencil Cedar, Eastern Red Cedar)

2/14/2012 · Halibut Point State Park, Rockport, MA
≈ 3½ × 2½' (1.2 × 0.8 m)

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