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Juniperus virginiana

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
Eastern red cedar
Categories:
Poisonous Plants, Trees
Comment:

Native; good for screening; attracts birds; easy to transplant; tough, dependable tree but considered weedy by many gardeners; drought and heat tolerant; host plant for cedar apple rust.  Learn more about cultivars 'Globosa', 'Grey Owl', and 'Silver Spreader'.

Description:
Evergreen tree; leaves opposite, awn- or awl-like in juvenile growth and scale-like and overlapping in mature growth; pollen cones small and yellowish on male trees; seed cones ("berries") bluish on female trees.
Height:
30-40 ft.
Flower:
Blue berries on female trees
Zones:
2-9
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
Sun; prefers well drained soil but tolerates a wide range of soil types
Texture:
Fine to medium
Form:
Upright; densely pyramidal; becomes irregular and slightly pendulous with age
Family:
Cupressaceae
Origin:
USA, NC
Distribution:
Throughout
Poison Part:
Fleshy cones (resemble berries), leaves.
Poison Delivery Mode:
Ingestion
Symptoms:
Large amounts may cause diarrhea.
Edibility:
EDIBLE PARTS: Juniper tea can be made by placing a dozen young berryless twigs in a quart of cold water; bring to a boil then allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Strain and use as regular tea, in small quantities. SOURCE: Angier, B. 1974. Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants. Stackpole Books, Harrisburg, Pa, 255 pp.
Toxic Principle:
Volatile oils including thujone.
Severity:
CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN.
Found in:
Forest or natural area in open, dry woods, weedy in disturbed areas in fields, pastures, fence rows; landscape cultivated as small tree, Christmas tree
Width:
10-20 ft.
Leaf:
1/16 in. scale like leaves; medium green in summer; gray green in winter; prickly when young

NCCES plant id: 1075

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