Is it a cedar?
This tree is not a cedar at all. It is a juniper or an evergreen tree. This evergreen tree grows between one to two feet annually with foliage that is green from the spring until the fall. In the winter it may turn brown or purple.
Where do they grow?
This evergreen tree is native to most of North America from Canada to the state of Florida. If given lots of open space the tree’s branches will stretch to the ground providing significant protection. The tree will grow between 30 and 80-plus feet high and as wide as 30 feet.
Their shapes vary. Some are columnar and some pyramidal. These trees can live for a long time.
On high rocky spots in the US, there are some that are more than 500 years old. Deer will not eat these trees. The female of the species often has a large number of berries that many birds eat.
The trees will grow in “hardiness zones” 2 through 9. They reportedly grow well in the very poorest of soils. The tree seems to enjoy soils with higher PH levels.
“Some Like It Hot”
This particular species will tolerate dry, hot weather better than other evergreen trees.
In fact, red cedars will thrive in sandy, dry areas where other trees will not survive.
A potted tree, only two feet high, can grow to be more than eight feet tall in five years providing the soil is low in moisture, and the grass and weeds are controlled around the base of the tree.
The trees should be spaced about 10 feet apart when planted in a single row. When planted in a double row the trees should be spaced 14 feet apart between plants and rows. When planted in more than a double row they should be spaced 20 feet apart between plants and rows. Red Cedar are especially useful for single row windbreaks.