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Juniperus virginiana var. silicicola

Common Name(s):
Coastal red cedar, Red cedar, Sand cedar, Southern coastal red cedar, Southern red cedar
Categories:
Native Plants, Trees
Comment:

The Southern coastal red cedar, in the Cupressaceae family, is a common small tree of sand dunes and marshes in the coastal plains of the southeastern US.  The bark is a cinnamon red color. It has average water needs and does not like to be overwatered.   It is used as a hedge or can be planted as a windbreak around a house.

 

This plant may be confused with: Juniperus virginiana The fleshy cones on Southern coastal redcedar are smaller than those of Eastern Redcedar (3-4 mm long vs. 4-7 mm long), the terminal twigs are  narrower, and the scale leaves are slightly shorter, but the differences are very slight.

Height:
30 ft.
Flower:
Male (pollen) and female (blue) cones
Zones:
7-11
Habit:
Evergreen
Texture:
Fine
Form:
Spreading to pendulous
Exposure:
Full sun
Fruit:
Fleshy cones 3-4 mm long
Width:
12-15 ft.
Growth Rate:
Medium to rapid
Leaf:
Shiny scale-like leaves S bluntly obtuse to acute at apex are found on slow growing shoots.
Tags:
cpp, highly beneficial coastal plants, windbreak, coastal, small tree, hedge, bark, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 3236

Juniperus virginiana var. silicicola Form
JC Raulston Arboretum
Juniperus virginiana var. silicicola Close up of the scale leaves
JC Raulston Arboretum
Juniperus virginiana var. silicicola Blue female cones
Homer Edward Price, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Juniperus virginiana var. silicicola Bark
Homer Edward Price, CC-BY-SA-2.0