By Tony Dean
This tree is normally called Eastern red cedar although it is in the Cypress family. It is a native evergreen that matures at 20 to 30 feet tall but can grow to 50 feet.
Eastern red cedar has a central trunk with spreading branches and usually takes on the pyramidal shape of a Christmas tree.
The fruit is a pale blue berry that has two seeds. Another evergreen, Ash juniper, also produces pale blue berries, but does not normally have a pyramidal shape like Eastern red cedar. Eastern red cedar provides poor grazing for cattle and poor to fair browse for deer. Deer, sheep, and goats will graze the plant during winter months.
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