Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana)

December 2021
Written By: 
Grand Strand Magazine Staff
Photographs by: 
Jirapad Thongkure

Looking  for a live Christmas tree? The Eastern Red Cedar is a great option! 

- The Eastern red cedar is a popular live Christmas tree option and can be found in a number of Christmas tree farms, such as Booth’s Christmas Tree Farm in Conway! 

- These trees grow 20 to 50 feet high and 8 to 15 feet wide.

- Eastern red cedars can tolerate drought and poor soil. 

- The Eastern Red Cedar isn’t actually a cedar tree at all; it is a juniper tree. 

- Eastern red cedars produce bold fragrance oils that not only smell good, but are also useful for repelling insects. 

- The Eastern red cedar is also called the “pencil cedar,” because before more cost-effective materials were available, it was used to make 

- The Eastern red cedar produces berries and provides a source of food in the winter for many songbirds.