How to Identify Juniper Cedar Cypress Trees


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.

Step 1

Notice the growing location of the tree. Eastern red cedar trees grow in dry, full sun areas where standing water is not present.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Gloves


  • University of Illinois Extension: Eastern Cedar Tree Information
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