S & J Nursery’s Guide to Growing
Southern Red Cedar
in the Northeast Florida Landscape
( Juniperus silicicola )
Southern Red Cedar / Juniperus silicicola Origins:
– Northeast Florida Native plant selection.
Southern Red Cedar / Juniperus silicicola Preferred Exposure:
– Plant your Red Cedar into a full sun location.
Foliage | Bark of the Southern Red Cedar Juniperus silicicola:
– Evergreen foliage keeps stays green spring summer winter and fall. Deep
– Typically a single trunked tree with somewhat droopy branches as the plants age. New growth has a bright green wood that ages to brown.
Soil Preference / Salt tolerance of the Southern Red Cedar / Juniperus
– Southern Red cedars are tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions, acid, sandy dry soils, loam, alkaline,etc. as long as the soils are well draining.
– High salt tolerant
Size Variance of the Southern Red Cedar Juniperus silicicola:
– Here in the Northeast Florida landscape, Southern Red cedars will grow to
30-45 feet in height with up to a 25 ft spread.
Growth Habit of the native Southern Red Cedar Tree:
– Very widely pyramidal growth habit.
Growth Rate of Juniperus silicicola in Northeast Florida:
– Extremely fast growing trees adding several feet to their height in a single
Water Requirements of the Florida native Southern Red cedar Tree:
– Drought tolerant once established into the landscape from your S & J
Blooms and Fruits / Butterfly or Bird Attracting:
– Fruits of the Southern Red cedar are rounded / cone shaped less than .5
inches in length fleshy purple or bluish purple. They are both bird and squirrel attracting!
The fleshy cones can be used just like other
juniper berries. However, according to this article by a Florida
foraging instructor, the foliage of the Southern Red cedar Juniperus
silicicola should not be used. http://www.eattheweeds.com/junipers/
Best Uses For Juniperus silicicola Southern Red Cedar in the North Florida | Jacksonville | St. Augustine area landscape:
– The dense evergreen foliage of the Southern Red cedar makes
it an ideal choice for a privacy screen to block out neighboring houses or unsightly views.
– Perfect native plant selection for a windscreen.
– High salt tolerance makes Southern red cedar an excellent coastal planting.
– Drought tolerant and virtually maintenance free, the Southern Red cedar is an easy care landscape plant selection for the Northeast Florida landscape.
– Perfect shape for a living Christmas tree.
Care of Southern Red Cedar:
– Water every day during the establishment period. See watering your newly planted trees for more information.
– Provide a 1 ft diameter circle of mulched area where grass is kept from growing for each inch of caliper (or diameter) of trunk measured 4 inches from the ground level.
– Fertilize each spring with a mixture of Milorganite and a slow release poly
coated plant food such as Osmocote or Stay Green general purpose plant food, sprinkling the fertilizer around the mulch circle underneath the foliage of the tree