Red Cedar Tree is native to the Eastern United States and vast plains.
It can grow in a wide variety of soils including acidic, alkaline, loamy, moist, sandy, silty loam, well-drained and clay soils. It is an evergreen, and its scale-like leaves grow compact into rounded or 4-sided branches. Overall, the tree will take on a columnar or pyramidal shape as it develops. The red cedar tree grows at a medium rate of about one or two feet per year and gets to be quite tall. It is a hardy tree, with deep roots that give it excellent drought tolerance and the ability to withstand occasional flooding.
Red Cedar love of sunlight and understanding of many types of soil make it a favorite tree along roads, windbreaks, and hedges.
Its distinctive scent has made cedar a popular choice in building chests, fences, and elegant furniture and a live tree will bring the same aroma into the yard. The rounded fruit of the red cedar tree is gray or bluish green, about a quarter-inch in diameter, and looks like a berry but is a type of cone made of fused cone scales. The cedar waxwing bird eats the cones, and many browsing animals will eat the twigs and foliage. The compacted branches make an excellent home for other birds including favorites such as the mockingbird, robin, sparrow, and warbler.
Eastern Red Cedar trees are stunning evergreens that are native to most of the United States, and some parts of Canada. With deep reddish-brown trunks and lovely evergreen leaves sprinkled with blue berry-like seed cones, these trees provide a wonderful view. They also give shade in which to enjoy it, thanks to their dense foliage. They're quite pleasing to the eye, and the cedar wood scent the emanate makes them appealing to the nose as well. Blooming in winter, they grow at a medium rate, up to about 24 inches per year, and they can average about 30 to 60 feet in total. They are sturdy trees with long lives, some being up to 700 years old. This may be due to their durability, as they can withstand almost any temperature, hot or cold.
Red Cedars are also strong enough to last through droughts and tolerate salt fairly well.
More than just being a beautiful addition to the landscape, these trees can be used in a wide variety of ways: they are great wind-breakers (which makes them wonderful for farms), they act as insect and moth repellents (wonderful for anyone), they are aromatic and the wood can be used to keep closets and other things fresh, and their pyramidal shape makes them perfect Christmas trees. These trees are great for wildlife, too, attracting butterflies and providing shelter for a plethora of bird species, including dove and robins. Though they can grow in plenty of environments, they're most common in the central United States. They grow best in wide, open spaces where they can receive the full force of the sun, but they still thrive in city environments. Soil is no issue, as they can grow in just about any type. They're beautiful, sturdy, useful trees that can flourish just about anywhere. With all the Red Cedar has to offer, it's hard not to be impressed by these glorious trees.