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Juniperus virginiana

A versatile group of evergreens

The Eastern red cedar has many cultivars that suit a variety of landscape uses, from hedge to ground cover to specimen plant. The species can grow 40' to 50' in height and has a pyramidal habit. However, the cultivars range in size from 2' to almost 50', and their habits are as variable as their sizes--creeping, horizontal, spreading or pyramidal. Click on the cultivar icon to review Chicago Botanic Garden recommendations.  

Juniperus virginiana
Eastern red cedar
Family: Cypress (Cupressaceae)
Type: Evergreen

Mature Size:
25-50 feet

  Soil Moisture:
attracts birds
resistant to deer
native to the Midwest
Winter Interest
leaf retention (evergreen)
  Landscape Use:
bedding or border
specimen plant
ground cover
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