TREE: Juniperus virginiana (Eastern Redcedar)

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Welcome to the 2020 Tried & True Native Plant Selections weekly series. Every Friday we will post an introduction to one of our original factsheets on native plants. We continue to update the factsheets and introduce new one; in 2019, we introduced 10 new factsheets. Keep an eye out for the 17 new factsheets in 2020! 

Eastern Redcedar’s dense foliage provides excellent roosting and nesting cover for birds. Besides being a favorite wildlife food, the fruit gives gin its characteristic flavor. This long-lived juniper, which is native to eastern North America, was prized by Virginia colonists for its wood. Today, its wood is favored as a closet/chest lining and oils are distilled for use in fragrances.
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