eastern redcedar

(Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

eastern redcedar


N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked


not listed


Great Plains

UPL - Obligate upland


FACU - Facultative upland

Northcentral & Northeast

FACU - Facultative upland









Flower Color



25 to 50



In poor soil conditions eastern redcedar is a low shrub; in better conditions, a tree up to 30' tall and 8" in diameter; rarely, a tree up to 62' in height and 20" in diameter.



Distribution Distribution Map   Sources: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 28.


The champion eastern redcedar in Minnesota is on private property in or near Winnebago, in Faribault County. In 1999 it was measured at 68 tall and 103 in circumference (33 in diameter).





Cupressaceae (cypress)


Juniperus virginiana ssp. crebra

Juniperus virginiana var. crebra

Sabina virginiana


cedar apple

cedar tree

eastern red cedar

eastern red-cedar

eastern redcedar


pencil cedar

red cedar

red cedar juniper

red juniper


Virginia red cedar











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Eastern red cedar foliage and cones, 2017, Freeborn County, MN

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Large, old, open grown eastern red cedar, South Central Minnesota, December 2017

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Eastern Redcedar, Freeborn County, MN, late November 2016, displaying characteristic winter rust hues.

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Eastern Red Cedar in the woods, near MN/IA border, November 2016

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  Eastern Red Cedar
Untamed Science

Uploaded on Jun 9, 2011

The Eastern Red Cedar, is a tree with a considerable history, that few know about. It's also a bit of a misnamed plant. The Eastern Red Cedar isn't even a cedar at. Instead, it's a juniper.

  Trees with Don Leopold - eastern redcedar

Uploaded on Oct 21, 2011

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  Eastern Redcedar Research

Uploaded on Oct 21, 2011

SUNUP visits with researchers Don Turton and Rod Will, as they examine how Eastern Redcedar trees use water.





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Location: Freeborn County, MN

Eastern red cedar foliage and cones

eastern redcedar

December 2017

Location: South Central Minnesota

Large, old, open grown eastern red cedar

eastern redcedar

late November 2016

Location: Freeborn County, MN

Eastern Redcedar… displaying characteristic winter rust hues.

eastern redcedar

November 2016

Location: near IA/MN border

Eastern Red Cedar in the woods

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