Eastern Red Cedar
Eastern Red Cedar Juniperus virginiana is not a true cedar but is a
member of the Juniper family. It is a shrub or smallish tree with both
scale-like and needle-like bluish-green leaves. The fruits are dark blue
berries which have a whitish powdery covering. Seeds deposited in bird
droppings grow along fences where the birds perch. The reddish heartwood is
aromatic and is used to make cedar chests. French settlers in North America
referred to Red Cedar as "baton rouge" (red stick) and as they found it
growing in Louisiana the capital city acquired the same name.
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