Juniper cedar cypress trees are medium-sized, sun-loving trees that can reach staggering heights in adulthood. Commonly recognized by the name juniper cedar cypress, this tree is actually called the eastern red cedar. Although not a true cedar, the eastern red cedar tree shares many of the same characteristics as other cedars. This evergreen tree is covered with needles that turn a silver-purple hue in the winter months, and then deepen into a dark green during the heat of the summer.
Notice the growing location of the tree. Eastern red cedar trees grow in dry, full sun areas where standing water is not present.
Examine the height and width of the tree. Eastern red cedar trees reach an adult height of 40 to 50 feet with a width of 6 to 8 feet.
Notice the color of the tree. Eastern cedar trees are dark green during the summer months, and fade to a purple-silver during the fall, winter and spring months. The small needles that make up the tree's foliage will be small, around 1/2 inch in length. Young trees will grow their small needles in groups of three.
Look for fruit on the tree. Eastern cedar trees can also be identified by their bluish-gray fruit. The fruit is around 1/2 inch in diameter and can be found usually growing on the tips of the tree's branches.
Examine the tree's bark. Eastern cedar trees have red or gray bark that is usually peeling in thread-like strands. The branches of the eastern cedar tree will fade as they branch out from the main trunk of the tree, into a pale green color.