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Taylor eastern red cedar Juniperus virginiana 'Taylor'

Description

Taylor Eastern red cedar is a tall narrow cultivar tree in the Cupressaceae (cypress) family. This tree will grow 20-25 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide with attractive blue-green foliage. 

Taylor cedar is an adaptable tree that tolerates poor conditions in full to partial sun. The only thing that it doesn't tolerate is wet soil. Do not give this tree much fertilizer or plant in humus-rich soil. It is drought tolerant, deer resistant and poor soils tolerant. Use as a screen, along a driveway, at entrances or as an accent.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Typically problem-free but Cedar apple rust can occur. 

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Juniperus
    Species:
    virginiana
    Family:
    Cupressaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    deer
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Columnar
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    This is a male tree so no blue berry-like cones are produced
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    No flowers
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Leaf Type:
    Needles
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Scale-like foliage is blue-green to gray-green and aromatic.
  • Bark:
    Surface/Attachment:
    Exfoliating
    Shaggy
    Bark Description:
    Dark gray to brown bark that exfoliates in thin strips
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    Yes
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Pool/Hardscape
    Small Space
    Vertical Spaces
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Screen/Privacy
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Black Walnut
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Poor Soil