Juniperus virginiana 'Taylor' / Taylor eastern red-cedar

Juniperus virginiana 'Taylor' is a tall, narrow, columnar form of eastern red-cedar with emerald-green foliage. It is purported to be resistant to phomopsis juniper blight (cedar apple rust) and have exceptional cold hardiness. After 10 years of growth, a mature plant will measure 20 feet (6 m) or more in height with a base width of 3 feet (1 m), an average annual growth rate of 2 feet (60 cm). It is a good choice for formal screening and hedgerows, particularly in places too cold for Italian cypress (Cupressus sempervirens).

This cultivar was introduced by Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, Lincoln, Nebraska introduction, found in 1978 as a sport on an Eastern red-cedar found in Taylor, Nebraska, USA.

A grouping of Juniperus virginiana 'Taylor' at a commercial nursery in California.
Photo by Monrovia Nursery, inc.
Juniperus virginiana 'Taylor' — this plant makes a good narrow upright columnar screening plant that is hardy, especially in the Great Plains area of the USA.
Photo by Bob Henrickson - Nebraska Arboretum


Thomas Ogren

Do you know the sex of this cultivar?

David Olszyk

Release information does not list a sex for this cultivar but it is believed to be male.

Sherry Barringer

I have a U-shaped house and would like to put one in that area. I have two questions. 1. will the root system eventually cause any foundation problems by spreading out too far and, 2 will they tolerate partial shade? I'm in Virginia zone 8b or 9 depending on what chart you are looking at.
Thank you.

David Olszyk

1. doubtful
2. in order to look good, this plant should get at least 4 to 6 hours of direct sunlight.

Heike Smith

Can this tree be trimmed like arborvitae to remain shorter? I live on a mountain and my neighbor would like not to lose their view!