Red Cedar Juniper, Eastern Red Cedar 'Grey Owl'

Juniperus virginiana

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




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:



Grown for foliage



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds


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

Birmingham, Alabama

Clermont, Kentucky

Georgetown, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Alfred, Maine

Cincinnati, Ohio

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 21, 2015, Ted_B from Birmingham, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

This species grows more wide than tall, is very hardy, and has attractive foliage. The plant tolerates pruning well, which is sometimes needed to keep its expanding branches in check.The plant is drought tolerant, and thrives in sunny or partially sunny locations.

One who has both male and female plants will get the small bluish berry-like cones that ripen late in the year. In case anyone wondered out of curiosity, the flavor of these is very similar to those traditionally used for distilling gin (Juniperus communis), but are less piquant and have a slight citrus note.


On Sep 8, 2009, BajaBlue from Rancho Santa Rita, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Spreading. Fast growing with arching branches.

Blue-gray whipcord-like foliage. Attractive bluish fruit. Juniper fruits are not berries but actually small cones whose scales have become flashy and fused.

Well suited for sunny locations. Tolerates relatively poor soil, salt exposure, and performs well in windy sites.

Drought tolerant once established and adaptable to coastal conditions. together.


On Sep 22, 2008, sladeofsky from Louisville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is a great plant with a beautiful color. The information provided here Though is not accurate for 'Grey Owl'. It appears someone has simply filled out the info for the species. Grey Owl will not grow into a 40' tree. And unless you are a fan of solitary shrubs growing in the middle of your lawn, I would suggest planting them 4-6 feet apart (or closer for hedging), not 15'