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Juniperus virginiana 'Burkii'

Burkii Red Cedar

This Juniper virginian cultivar is a smaller, narrow pyramidal evergreen tree which features dense, ascending branches and attractive bluish-silver foliage. This drought, salt and deer resistant plant acquires a tinge of purple in autumn and berries in fall for our native songbirds.

Benefits

Attractive silvery-blue foliage
Makes a lovely evergreen hedge
Easy to grow with few pests
Native songbirds love its fall berries
Deer resistant while providing great cover
Drought resistant once established

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Easy to grow in full sun. Prefers moist soils, but has the best drought resistance of any conifer native to the eastern U. S. Tolerates a wide range of soils and growing conditions, from swamps to dry rocky areas. Plant in masses to assure good berry set.


Height
10-20 Feet

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Spread
4-10 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

Native Range

Old fields, pastures, roadsides, balds, and margins of swamps from southern Quebec to southern Ontario, Minnesota and southern Iowa south to Texas and Florida.

Native Trivia

This form of Eastern Red Cedar is prized for its reddish-brown and aromatic heartwood that is commonly used for cedar chests and closets because it repels insects. The wood is also used for interior finish, fence posts, poles and pencils.


"This is such an outstanding food and cover source that over 80 species of my bird buddies use it."

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Conifers
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Sun
Soil
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Moist
Attracts Wildlife
Mammals
Songbirds
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Habitat Collection
Dry Shade
Songbird
Foliage Color
Dark Green
Green
Uses
Border
Drought tolerant
Erosion control
Evergreen
Ground cover
Mass plant
Specimen
Wind tolerant
Native to
Alabama
Arkansas
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Vermont
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin