Sunday, March 20, 2011

March 20 - The Red Cedar - Juniperus virginiana

This Red Cedar lives right beside my house.
Juniperus virginia
The small pink flowers on the Red Cedar will turn into a blue berry-like cone soon.

This next image is a Red Cedar tree with a Rust Gall.  These are quite interesting.  These do not harm the Cedar tree; yet they are cause much havoc to apple and crabapple trees.

Cedar Apple Rust.

These trees are so important to the birds in the winter. The berry-like cones provide food during the winter months. Cedar waxwings, American Robin, Northern Bobwhite, Turkey, Starling, Mourning Dove, Northern Mockingbird, Purple Finch, American Crow, Northern Flicker, Downy Woodpecker, and the Eastern Bluebird all eat the berry-like cones of this tree. If you want birds to come visit where you live, plant these trees and enjoy.

Rebecca


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