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


Lynda Ramage

How much are the 10 gal. ones?

David Olszyk

Hi Lynda, it's not possible for the ACS to know what anything costs on the open market.

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!

Adam Felsenfeld

I am looking for a narrow, preferably native, conifer to replace a (beloved) Cryptomeria elegans aurea that is dying of (I think) leaf blight. Is this a good candidate, or should I look for something else?

David Olszyk

Hi Adam, since you didn't say where you live, it's not possible to answer your question.

Adam Felsenfeld

Sorry- Maryland, about 10 mi NW of downtown Washington, DC., Zone 7-ish, suburban 1/4 acre lot, mature garden, back of border, near wooden open-slatted fence. Neutral to slightly acid soil. Gets most sun from mid-AM (tree-filtered) to late afternoon (direct). Nearby plants doing well include Cornus mas, Clethra barbinervis, Amelanchier, various Azaleas, Hydrangia quercifolia, white oak, also the neighbor's spruce (not sure of the species). Suspect the Cryptomeria did not get enough air circulation once the nearby shrubs grew enough to encroach; other cryptomeria in my yard are doing fine.

David Olszyk

if you're having problems with fungal diseases due to poor air circulation, then Juniperus virginiana would be equally, if not more prone to the same problems.

Tom Rice

Can Taylor juniper thrive in part shade and are they deer resistant?

David Olszyk

no, they will not thrive, only survive (and probably won't look very good after a while).

no non-toxic plant in deer-resistant if the deer in your area are starving. However, it's not one of their preferred conifers. That honor belongs to arborvitae.