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Eastern red cedar

Juniperus virginiana


A gymnosperm with scale-like needles. Called a cedar, this tree is a member of genus Juniperus and is closely related to other junipers. The species is dioecious, having separate male and female trees. The pollen-producing cones (pictured) give male trees a brownish cast while present. The grayish female cones have the appearance of berries but are not true fruit. Eastern red cedars are prized for their wood.


Eastern red cedars require a lot of sunlight and will grow in fields and edges of woods. They are one of the earlier trees present as a field undergoes ecological succession toward the climax community of an oak-hickory forest common in central Virginia. Dead trees that have been overshadowed by taller trees can be found in many Virginia forests.

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Virginia, USA

Lat: 37.41, Long: -77.70

Spotted on Feb 25, 2013
Submitted on Mar 1, 2013

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