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Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
Eastern Redcedar’s dense foliage provides excellent roosting/nesting cover for birds, and wildlife favor its fruit. This long-lived juniper, which is native to eastern North America,* was prized by Virginia colonists for its wood. Today, its wood is valued as a closet/chest lining; oils are distilled for use in fragrances; and the fruit gives gin its characteristic flavor.
*In the Mid-Atlantic Region, it is native in DC, portions of MD and southeastern PA. It is common in DE and throughout VA except at the higher mountain elevations.
Learn more about Juniperus virginiana.