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Juniperus virginiana var. silicicola (Southern redcedar)
Cressler, Alan

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

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Evergreen aromatic tree with narrow or spreading crown, lower branches drooping; sometimes forming thickets.

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.


Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Leaf: Green
Fruit: Blue
Size Class: 12-36 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May


USA: 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 Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Clay, Acid-based.


Use Ornamental: Attractive
Use Wildlife: Cover, Nesting site, Seeds-granivorous birds, Seeds-Small mammals.
Attracts: Butterflies
Larval Host: Olive butterfly.


Bibref 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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Additional resources

USDA: Find Juniperus virginiana var. silicicola in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Juniperus virginiana var. silicicola in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Juniperus virginiana var. silicicola


Record Modified: 2015-04-22
Research By: TWC Staff

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