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Eastern Red Cedar - Eastern Red Cedar Photo - leaves are a dark, shiny, green color; sticky to the touch; good scent; can dry out quickly; may last just 2-3 weeks; a southern Christmas tree.
The eastern red cedar is a traditional Southern Christmas Tree as it grows native there, while firs can't grow in the heat.
The color can vary from dark green to bluish silver during the summer months and then bronze, red or even purple after frost.
Easter red cedars can reach heights of over 40 feet. It has a good aroma which reminds you of its roots (it is not a true cedar, but rather a member of the juniper family). It is closely related to Juniperus scopulorum, the Rocky Mountain juniper. It is also called Red Cedar, Virginian juniper, eastern juniper, red juniper, and other local names. It is native to eastern North America from southeastern Canada to the Gulf of Mexico and east of the Great Plain