Eastern Red Cedar - Juniperus virginiana
Native to USA
State distribution (USDA): AL, AR, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV
Medium-sized evergreen tree, ranging from 30 to 60 feet tall, with an 8 to 25-foot spread at maturity. The scale-like needles of the Eastern Red Cedar provide a great deal of shelter space for birds in winter and a great deal of nesting space for birds in spring. Like Common Juniper however, its greatest asset for wild birds are the waxy, berry-like cones the female produces. The Cedar Waxwing is even partially named after the tree due to it affinity for Eastern Red Cedar cones.
Birds Most Commonly Associated with Eastern Red Cedar
American Robin Brown Thrasher Cedar Waxwing Crossbill Eastern Bluebird Evening Grosbeak Gray Catbird Northern Cardinal Northern Mockingbird Purple Finch Wild Turkey Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker Yellow-Rumped Warbler