Incense Cedar, Eastern Red Cedar, Southern Red Juniper, Pencil
Cedar, Pencil Juniper, Savin.
The eastern red cedar tree has a fibrous root system that is
useful for erosion control. It is a pioneer species on strip mining
sites. Prior to the availability of plantation grown Christmas trees,
wild eastern red cedars were the tree of choice for many in the
south. They were chosen for their natural conical shape and ready
Did You Know?
Eastern Red Cedar provides cedarwood oil or cedrol, a natural
product used in compounding various fragrances and medicines.
Eastern red cedar is important to wildlife, too. It provides
birds with cover for nesting and roosting. Its foliage, although
low in nutritional value, provides an emergency food supply for
wildlife in stress. And its fruit is eaten by many species as a
source of fat, fiber, calcium and carbohydrates.
A softwood, Eastern Red Cedar is native to the eastern half of
the United States, from Maine west to New York, Quebec, Ontario,
Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota south to Nebraska
and Texas east through Florida and Georgia.
Used previously for pencils but primarily used today for fenceposts.
Other uses include chests, closet lining, novelties, buckets, shingles,
boat building, and other exterior applications.
Eastern Red Cedar has a thin, white sapwood that may alternate
with stripes of heartwood. Straight and even grained with a fine
uniform texture. Creamy white sapwood and light reddish or purplish
heartwood that ages to a darker red or reddish brown. Often contains
Eastern Red Cedar trees are hardy but grow relatively slowly
yielding smaller diameter trees at harvest. Narrow width, knotty
boards with in-line bark is common. Furniture grade Eastern Red
Cedar is typically available in 8' lengths with limited availability
in longer lengths.
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