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PlantFiles: Red Cedar Juniper, Eastern Red Cedar
Juniperus virginiana 'Glauca'

Family: Cupressaceae (koo-press-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Juniperus (jew-NIP-er-us) (Info)
Species: virginiana (vir-jin-ee-AN-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Glauca

One member has or wants this plant for trade.


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Gascoigne On Sep 1, 2009, Gascoigne from Shawnee Mission, KS (Zone 5a) wrote:

I bought mine from the local parks and recreation department-- it was a good sized specimen at 4' tall. This Kansas native is hardy...but it is not highly regarded by local nurseries as I could not obtain one through a nursery here. The closest relative sold in nurseries is the Canaerti Juniper, which has a much denser, more sculpted look that most people prefer. I just liked the idea of growing something native to Kansas. Some say Juniperus Virginiana can be "invasive" since it self propagates here quite readily, but I have not experienced any problems. This tree can get quite large and older specimens are often seen growing in cemeteries and old ranches. By the time they are large they are great climbing trees for kids. Long lived tree--- Some of the oldest specimens are in the hundreds of years.

Positive slyperso1 On May 8, 2008, slyperso1 from Richland, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

Uses: Urban tolerant, bonsai, Screen
native to North America

Fine textured leaves. Its summer foliage is Silver-green
Grow in full sun for best canopy, but tolerate partial shade.
Soil tolerance from sand to clay and acidic to alkaline pH Range: 4.5 to 8.5
Drought and salt tolerant, roots are non invasive and is free of serious pests
susceptible to breakage
Attract birds


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Cincinnati, Ohio
Yantis, Texas

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