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Part of juniper  genus Juniperus in cypress  family Cupressaceae.

Native to 🇺🇸 USA East, Midwest, and Great Plains, and 🇨🇦 Canada in southern Ontario.   🌎︎ Map (scroll down) 🌎︎ Map (.pdf).   Invasive > in Hawai'i

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)

Juniperus hosts caterpillars of 41 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.
  Lots of food for 🐦︎ birds.

Junipers are the winter host for fungal disease trellis rust (TR)  Gymnosporangium sabinae (.pdf).   Which then transfers to nearby 🍐︎ pear  genus Pyrus as the summer host.  Then back again!  So in areas that may have this disease, do not plant these two hosts within 300 m (1000 ft) of each other!

Male trees score most allergenic (10 out of 10) on the OPALS™ Ogren Plant Allergy Scale.  Female trees score least allergenic (1 out of 10).

Planting info (SW Michigan) (.pdf).

Poem to eastern red cedar from our local Conservation District forester.

Learn more about ◼︎ eastern red cedar Juniperus virginiana

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