Height: 30-65 feet; 8- to 20-feet wide
Color: Dark blue-green; blue berries on female trees
Attracts: various birds: sparrows, mockingbirds, warblers.
Growing conditions: Plant 12-24 feet apart; full sun
Concerns: cedar-apple rust fungus (avoid apple trees)
Fun fact: Many native American tribes considered the Eastern Redcedar the tree of life and used it to ease upset stomach and rheumatism, and for cleansing and healing after childbirth. ☺
Birds love the ¼-inch blue-green “berries,” or cones, on the Eastern Redcedar, an evergreen native from Maine to Georgia. Rabbits, foxes, raccoons, skunks and oppossums also eat the berries, and deer browse on the twigs and foliage. This tree also provides shelter for song and game birds as well as butterflies and mammals. Squirrels use its soft, peeling bark for nest materials,
Its dense shape makes Eastern Redcedar a great choice as a windbreaker and natural screen.