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Keteleeri Juniper

Scientific Name

Juniperus chinensis 'Keteleeri'

Origin

Native to North America.  Is widespread in the contiguous 48 states of the U.S. into Canada and Mexico.  

Habitat

The Eastern Red Cedar is widespread and highly tolerant of great variety of conditions.  Can be found growing in many types of soils, including clay soils. Tends to be a pioneer species in areas of open land and disturbed areas, such as reclamation sites.  Do not like overly wet soils.  Is quite salt tolerant and does well in seaside locations. Tolerant of urban locations.       

Growth Nature

The Eastern Red Cedar can grow to a height of 25 to 35 ft.  They tend to have a spread of about 8 to 15 ft.   They are a fast growing tree which tends to take on a pyramidal shape as they mature. Roots systems are complex and fibrous, making them difficult to transplant except when very young.  Evergreen. 

Points of Interest

  • The attractive foliage makes these trees a favorite for windbreaks, screens, and wildlife cover.

  • Popularly used as a bonsai plant.

  • Attractive to wildlife, birds are especially drawn to the fruit produced by the tree

  • Highly insect resistant

  • Are male and female trees.  Females bearing the fruit and being the more ornamental.

  • The wood is highly fragrant and valued for its insect resistance.