Plant of the Week – Eastern Red Cedar

Easter Red Cedars are native plants that are easy to maintain and tough as nails, and that is why you see them planted along so many highways and tollways throughout our state and beyond.
They are heat, salt, and drought-tolerant evergreens, with pyramidal growth habits. This native tree can grow well in limestone and rocky soils, and even in our common black clay. We often recommend them to customers looking for large shrubs to create natural privacy screens or wind/noise breaks, but they also can be used as single specimen trees.
With reddish wood that gives off a cedar scent, this aromatic tree grows to a height of 40–50′ and 20–25′ wide at maturity. Plant them in areas with good drainage and full sun, ideally 6+ hours.

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