Audubon® Eastern Red Cedar
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One of the very best trees for bird-lovers! With its craggy branches and evergreen foliage, Eastern Red Cedar provides a beautiful safe haven for birds. Cardinals, robins, Song Sparrows, warblers, and mockingbirds may nest in its branches, and many other birds take temporary refuge in it from the elements and from predators. In fall, songbirds flock to it for another reason—female trees bear silvery-blue berries that birds devour. The Cedar Waxwing is such a fan of them that it takes its name from this tree! Mockingbirds, catbirds, robins, bluebirds, grosbeaks, and Purple Finches are also drawn to the nourishing fruits.
May Benefit & Attract: Waxwings, mockingbirds & thrashers, thrushes, grosbeaks, and finches.
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- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
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- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
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Size AA (2-3' tall) container grown
Size B (5-6' tall) container grown
- Hardiness Zone: 2-9
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The Eastern Red Cedar Tree has been bringing welcome greenery to the winter landscape of what is now the midwestern and eastern U.S. for thousands of years. It is native from South Dakota to Florida. Pioneers appreciated Red Cedar for its rot-resistant wood and often used it to make long-lasting fence posts and shingles. The fragrant lumber has also been a favorite for lining closets and chests of drawers. For a hundred years, the heartwood of this tree was forged into pencils, until all of the choice timber was used up, and pencil manufactures turned to the California Incense Cedar to replace it.
Another creature that Eastern Red Cedar supports is the olive Juniper Hairstreak butterfly. You wouldn’t think caterpillars would eat the prickly foliage of Red Cedar (a.k.a. Juniper), but that’s what this species requires. The butterflies have a shimmery green cast to their wings and are quite beautiful. They’re rarely seen far from their host plant.
How to Grow
Eastern Red Cedar is easy to please, and even novice gardeners will have success with it. Once established in the landscape, this durable tree endures extremes of heat and cold and periods of drought. It is suitable for soils that are rocky, clay-based (as long as they drain well), acid, or alkaline. Deer leave it alone, and air pollution doesn’t faze it. The only things it doesn’t care for are wet soil and shade. Red Cedar may serve as an alternate host to a disease called Cedar-Apple rust, a problem in Apple orchards among some varieties of Apples that aren’t resistant to it. The disease does little harm to the Cedar Tree and primarily only cosmetic damage to the Apple.
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