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Red Cedar Tree, Thuja Plicata Is Aromatic and Provides Shelter for Birds

The red cedar tree, also called the eastern red cedar, is formally known as Juniperus virginiana. The tree is a member of the timber tree of the Cypress family and is found east of the Rockies in the United States. This evergreen ornamental tree provides shelter for birds and mammals during winter. It has beautiful reddish-brown bark and small cones which birds and other animals eat.

The red cedar has a shape like a pyramid or a column with grayish to reddish-brown bark. The tree prefers full sun, and within forty years, it will grow from thirty to forty feet but can reach up to ninety feet high. This evergreen tree is aromatic, with needlelike or scale-like foliage that can be coarse or fine-cut. The color varies from blue-green to gray-green to light or dark-green.

During the winter season, colors will turn brown. The tree's soft, waxy and silvery bark covers the single trunk. Female and male cones bore on separate trees. For the female plants, pale blue fruits occur, adorning the branches and small and spiky flowers. The male counterpart of the tree has tiny and tan-colored pine cones considered to be the pollen-bearing organs of the tree. At the end of the winter season, the tiny organs of the tree released the pollens, pollinating the female plants. Red cedars bloom during springtime.

Eastern red cedar is resistant to extreme drought, heat, and cold. However, red cedar or its species invade pastures, meadows, and other open grassy areas considered an undesirable weed by botanists and other gardeners.

Red Cedar Trees, Thuja Plicata are Instrumental in Making Furniture, Medicines and For the Usage of Christmas Trees

This fragrant wood is instrumental in making pencils, cabinets, log cabins, fence posts, and novelties. Its fruit and tender young branches have oils used in medicines. It is also grown for the usage of Christmas trees and other cultivated varieties for ornaments. Red cedar makes an excellent color landscape during dull months, can thrive in urban soils, and is very low to no maintenance.

When planting red cedars, water the newly planted trees every other day for two weeks, and allow them to dry completely. After the first two weeks, continue watering the plant once a week during the first three years, especially if there has not been an inch of rain during the previous week. During the winter months, watering is not necessary unless the weather is arid. And once the trees mature, the tree care is less; however, you should remove dead or diseased branches.

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Don't be confused if you have seen different tree varieties and have been told both to be Red Cedar. 

Red Cedar Tree comes in different types; The Eastern Red Cedar and the Western Red Cedar. The Eastern Red Cedar Tree or Juniperus virginiana is native in eastern North America, while Thuja plicata (Western Red Cedar) proliferates well in hardiness zones 4 and 5. Eastern RedCedar is more abundant in zone 3. They handle harsh weather conditions from the warm weather in the South to extreme cold in the North.

The Atlas of Florida Plants does not show any distinct differences and treats both varieties as one. While talking of Red Cedar, the most discussed variety is the Eastern one. It is a year-round tree often planted as a privacy hedge to increase the beauty of your land. It also acts as a windbreak to avoid soil erosion. The beautiful pyramidal shape of the Red Cedar makes it a popular Christmas tree choice. 

The Red Cedar has male and female trees belonging to the Cupressaceae family. Depending on the cultivation method and area, some trees attain an oval shape while others form pyramidal or columnar. The Red Cedar is among the fast-growing trees and increases up to 24" every year. When they mature, these long-lived trees reach a tall height of 25 to 45 feet.

It is one of the finest trees to grow in your backyard with eye-catching twigs and foliage, and I appreciate the colors throughout the year. It is a low-maintenance plant and develops in various soils, including wealthy, moist, loamy, alkaline, acidic, clays, and dry soils. Red Cedar is drought-tolerant and does not grow well in continuously damp areas. Giving full sun allows it to grow in the best, yet it also tolerates partial shade. Give water properly in the growth years as Red Cedar survives without extensive watering and pruning once matured.

The green foliage of the Red Cedar tree is scale-like and glandular that looks beautiful when the plant is in full bloom. Red Cedar has a reddish-brown bark; the heartwood is aromatic and brown, whereas the sapwood seems white. The tiny, light blue-green flowers appear on the branches in full splendor in early spring. Later, the female plants bear a spherical blue fruit as winter food for birds. The foliage for this gorgeous tree doubles as a shelter for Cedar Waxwings and other wildlife during harsh weather conditions.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The Red Cedar tree has a natural woodsy scent that helps keep the pests at a distance. People use aromatic wood as indoor bug repellents and decorative elements in the holiday season. The wood of the plant is used to manufacture fence posts because of its rot-resistant property. The plant's ability to repel insects makes it an ideal choice for usage in clothing storage.

It is an evergreen tree that brightens up your space with plentiful foliage and beautiful flowers. Get your hands on the equally valuable and eye-catching Red Cedar Tree for Sale before it sells out!

Hardiness Zone: 2 to 9.

Sun Exposure: Full Sun

Height at maturity: 20 - 40 feet

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