eastern redcedar Cupressaceae Juniperus virginiana
Leaf:Evergreen, very small, with two types of leaves (often on the same tree), scale-like leaves 1/16 inch long, dark green, with 4 sides held tightly to twig and longer (1/4 inch), dark blue-green needle-like leaves that are more common on young trees and fast growing shoots.
Flower:Species is dioecious, but occasionally monoecious; males are small, yellow-brown, occurring in large groups; females are light blue-green.
Fruit:Berry-like cones, light green in spring, turning dark blue and glaucous at maturity, about 1/4 inch in diameter, appearing in spring and maturing in the fall.
Twig:Green for several years, covered in scales, later turning brown.
Bark:Red-brown in color, exfoliating in long, fibrous strips, often ashy gray where exposed.
Form:A small tree with a dense ovoid or columnar crown reaching up to 60 feet tall.