Juniperus virginiana 'Glauca' / Silver Eastern Red-cedar

Juniperus virginiana 'Glauca' is a old cultivar of Eastern Red-cedar which will grow to a mature height of about 25 feet (7.5m) tall in a columnar or narrow pyramidal form, spreading 6 to 8 (2 - 2.5 m) feet wide when given a sunny location. Foliage emerges silver-Blue but fades slightly to Blue-green and the summer progresses. It develops a brownish tint in winter in northern climates. The fruit is a Blue berry on female trees and is ornamental when produced in quantity. Birds devour the fruit and 'plant' it along farm fences and in old abandoned fields.

Élie-Abel Carrière (1818-1896), a leading authority on conifers during the period 1850-1870, published that this cultivar had been in cultivation in France since before 1868.

Attribution from: University of Florida extension website

Juniperus virginiana 'Glauca' - This mature specimen was originally accessioned by the Arnold Arboretum, Boston, Massachusetts in 1901 via the Spaeth Nursery, Germany. Photographed November 23, 2014.
Photo by John Waskiewicz
Juniperus virginiana 'Glauca' - branch detail, photographed November 23, 2014 at the Arnold Arboretum, Boston, Massachusetts.
Photo by John Waskiewicz
Juniperus virginiana 'Glauca' - detail showing the waxy seed cones, photographed November 23, 2014 at the Arnold Arboretum, Boston, Massachusetts.
Photo by John Waskiewicz
Juniperus virginiana 'Glauca' - detail showing the scale-like leaves, photo taken November 23, 2014 at the Arnold Arboretum, Boston, Massachusetts.
Photo by John Waskiewicz.
Juniperus virginiana 'Glauca' - bark detail, photo taken November 23, 2014 at the Arnold Arboretum, Boston, Massachusetts.
Photo by John Waskiewicz
Juniperus virginiana 'Glauca' - branching pattern of the venerable 1901 specimen at the Arnold Arboretum, Boston, Massachusetts. Photo taken November 23, 2014.
Photo by John Waskiewicz

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