Eastern Red Cedar is one of Long Island's few native conifers. Cedar is used extensively on Long Island due to its ability to tolerate light soils, full fun, and salt spray in coastal locations. This tree makes an excellent screen. Beware of Deer however - as they will east the lower foliage on this tree if planted in a susceptible location. Evergreen, aromatic tree is pyramidal when young, but mature form is quite variable. This evergreen usually grows 30-40 ft. but can reach 90 ft. Fragrant, scale-like foliage varies in color from gray-green to blue-green to light- or dark-green. All colors tend to brown in winter. Pale blue fruits occur on female plants and are relished by birds. Eastern Red Cedar is resistant to extremes of drought, heat, and cold. Red Cedar can be injurious to apple orchards because it is an alternate host for cedar-apple rust, a fungal disease. First observed at Roanoke Island, Virginia, in 1564, it was prized by the colonists for building furniture, rail fences, and log cabins.

    Common Name: red cedar
    Type: Needled evergreen
    Family: Cupressaceae
    Native Range: Eastern North America
    Zone: 2 to 9
    Height: 30.00 to 65.00 feet
    Spread: 8.00 to 25.00 feet
    Bloom Time: Non-flowering
    Bloom Description: Non-flowering
    Sun: Full sun
    Water: Dry to medium
    Maintenance: Low
    Leaf: Evergreen
    Other: Winter Interest
    Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Erosion, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil, Black Walnut, Air Pollution