Friday, February 03, 2012
Tree Silhouettes: Eastern Redcedar
Eastern redcedar, Juniperus virginiana, is hated by some and loved by others. As the only native evergreen on the prairie, it has a certain status to it, but its tendency to seed rampantly and overgrow pastures rapidly leads to its demonization by many.
For winter birds, it is extraordinary shelter in a landscape that can be very open and exposed.
For homeowners, it's a tenaciously hardy, evergreen tree that comes in a plethora of varieties/cultivars of all shapes and sizes, ranging from low and horizontal to tall and columnar.
Despite the horticultural variety available, I (not surprisingly) like the native form the best. Most of us are used to seeing it when it's quite young as in the photo above, looking like a rather rangy, somewhat weedy, Christmas tree, but that's far from my favorite stage.