Eastern Red Cedar
Eastern Red Cedars are a common tree here in New England. They grow easily in poor or “worn out” soils. This makes them a “pioneer species” – they are among the first trees to begin recolonizing old pastures and fields. Once established, these trees live a VERY long time – the oldest known Red Cedar is found in West Virginia and is around 940 years old!
Red Cedars are an important timber stock and are prized for their deep red, fragrant heartwood. Closets and blanket chests have been lined with that heartwood, as it repels moths.
The berries of this tree are not edible for humans but are a delicacy to Cedar Waxings!