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?

Maxwell Cohn

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?

Maxwell Cohn

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.

Maxwell Cohn

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?

Maxwell Cohn

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.

Maxwell Cohn

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?

Maxwell Cohn

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.

Christi Farr

I live in Charlotte, NC and have a hedge row of 16 Taylor Junipers planted last winter. Direct, unfiltered sun all day; well-draining soil. Several are very thin on their lower third. I think the landscapers damaged/broke a lot of lower limbs when installing, and now many months later the trees just look really scraggly. Is there anything I can do to encourage these Junipers to 'fill in'?

Robert Vezirian

I'm having a difficult time finding Tayor Juniper's in my area, southern New Jersey, zone 7a. Some nurseries have suggested it might be because they don't do well around here even though the plant is showing a hardiness rating of 3-9. I need tall columnar conifers and am not finding anything at the nurseries. Taylor Juniper should be a perfect choice but can't find them. Am I missing something?

Maxwell Cohn

Hi Robert, The American Conifer Society has no control over what nurseries sell. If a local nursery says that a plant doesn't do well in their area, then why sell it?

Just because something is cold-hardy doesn't mean that it will thrive in a particular climate.


Will a Taylor cedar handle and thrive well in zone 10 (jupiter, Fl.)? If so, do you know where in the palm beach county area a Taylor is sold?
Thank you!


Will this ‘Taylor’ variety of eastern red-cedar thrive on coastal Cape Cod Massachusetts? (sandy soil & salty environment)


I bought what I thought were Taylor junipers on two separate occasions from the same nursery. The nursery is telling me they are both Taylor junipers however one is a silver grayish green and the other is pure green. The foliage looks different too. I think they are not the same. I wish I could send you a picture. Is it possible for Taylor junipers to have different colors?

Maxwell Cohn

Hi Cris ... growers and nurseries mix up plant tags all the time. 'Taylor' is supposed to be blue-green with typical Juniperus virginiana foliage.


We have limitations where I live about planting in some locations, that are determined by the plant diameter at a height of 4'6". Is there a way to know what is the trunk diameter at four and one-half feet from the ground for a mature Juniperus virginiana Taylor ?

I live in zone 6, southwest Ohio.
Proposed planting area will be full sun, water only by natural means, near a roadway.

Web Editor

Well that is a question that we don't usually get! You would need to locate someone who had a mature specimen. A guess is that it would be about 6" but that is a guess. Maybe someone else will chime in.

Harriet Monshaw

Where can the Juniperus virginiana 'Taylor'' be purchased in California near San Francisco/Larkspur area?

Sara Malone

Harriet we are lucky here in the SF Bay Area to have lots of specialty nurseries. I would start with Pond and Garden in Cotati, which typically has the greatest selection of conifers, but also try East Bay Nursery and Berkeley Horticultural Nursery. Orchard Nursery in Lafayette also usually has a good selection. All of these nurseries order from Iseli, a major grower of conifers in Oregon. Some might special order for you. Good luck!

Harriet Monshaw

Thank you for your prompt response. I've contacted all the nurseries that you suggested. However, no plants are currently for sale. But I shall contact them again in January. Iseli, a wholesaler, said that I should contact each nursery and have the sales rep. then contact iseli. I shall follow up on that after the new year. These trees are available on the East Coast but do not ship to CA.
Thank you for your suggestion. Any other suggestions would be appreciated. .

Don Cooper

Can Taylor juniper be planted close together in a row so that each tree touches to produce total privacy? Don

Maxwell Cohn

Hi Don ... your trees / your call. Just be aware that foliage will be sparser to non-existent in areas where the sun doesn't reach.

Nia Wynh

Staggered double rows for better privacy. Depending on where you live, you might want something that takes shearing well, not ideal for junipers (in case of damage from wind, snow etc.)