Juniperus virginiana var. silicicola
Juniperus virginiana L. var. silicicola (Small) Silba
Southern redcedar, Southern red-cedar
Cupressaceae (Cypress Family)
Synonym(s): Juniperus barbadensis, Juniperus lucayana, Juniperus silicicola, Juniperus virginiana ssp. silicicola, Sabina silicicola
USDA Symbol: JUVIS
This southeastern coastal relative of Eastern Red Cedar is distinguished by its often drooping foliage and smaller berries and is planted as an ornamental. The wood is similarly used for fenceposts, cedar chests, cabinetwork, and carvings. The Latin name silicola means growing in sand.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Size Class: 12-36 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
DistributionUSA: AL , FL , GA , LA , MS , NC , SC
Native Distribution: Chiefly near coast, from North Carolina south to Florida and west to SE. Texas; near sea level.
Native Habitat: Stream/river banks, Near lakes or ponds, Swamps, Marshes
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Clay, Acid-based.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Attractive
Use Wildlife: Cover, Nesting site, Seeds-granivorous birds, Seeds-Small mammals.
Larval Host: Olive butterfly.
BibliographyBibref 1620 - Gardening with Native Plants of the South (Reprint Edition) (2009) Wasowski, S. with A. Wasowski
Bibref 291 - Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife (1999) Damude, N. & K.C. Bender
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2013-09-05
Research By: TWC Staff