Rent Shop Volunteer Join

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions

Please forgive us, but Mr. Smarty Plants has been overwhelmed by a flood of mail and must take a break for awhile to catch up. We hope to be accepting new questions again soon. Thank you!

Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.

 
rate this answer
2 ratings

Wednesday - May 21, 2008

From: Shaker Heights, OH
Region: Midwest
Topic: Seed and Plant Sources
Title: Food value of cultivars of eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana)
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

Can you suggest any resources regarding the wildlife value of native plant cultivars? For example, I can only buy an eastern red Cedar cultivar in my region: "Burkii" or "Emerald Sentinel". I want to know if the berries on either tree will provide food for wildlife-or be ornamental. Thank you.

ANSWER:

According to the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Juniperus virginiana 'Burkii' is a male cultivar of Eastern red cedar and thus fruitless. Juniperus virginiana 'Emerald Sentinel', according to University of Connecticut Department of Horticulture, is a female tree that does bear fruit and there is no reason to believe that the fruit will not be nutritious for wildlife.

 

 

More Seed and Plant Sources Questions

Native plant landscaper source in Austin, TX
March 20, 2004 - Can you recommend a native plant landscaper for my area?
view the full question and answer

Looking for chinaberry trees to buy and plant in Austin
September 15, 2009 - I am looking to buy china berry small trees to plant in Austin , any suggestion where i might be able to buy them thank you
view the full question and answer

Source of Datil Yucca for Anchorage, AK
September 24, 2005 - Mr Smarty Plants, I want to buy a Datil Yucca Plant. I live in Anchorage Alaska. Can you tell me where I might be able to purchase one?
view the full question and answer

Source for Texas Hawthorne (Crateagus texana)
May 19, 2006 - Hello, I am in search of some Texas Hawthorne (Crateagus texana). Thanks,
view the full question and answer

Finding woolly butterfly bush from Johnson City TX
July 28, 2011 - Where can I find woolly butterfly bush? They are difficult to locate in the nurseries
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.