Eastern Redcedar
Juniperus virginiana

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WARNING(S)
All parts are toxic. See Notes.

Family
Cupresaceae

Description

3-15 meter (10-50ft) evergreen with scaly leaves that overlap. Fruits are berry-like and are hard, round, dry, and blue-green. Bark is reddish and peely. Leaves and fruit resemble Common Juniper (Juniperus communis).

Location
Found in harsh soil and abandoned pastures. Ranges from Canada to Northern Georgia and Texas, west to Minnesota.

Uses and Parts Used

Fruits
Fruit tea used for colds, worms, rheumatism, and coughs. Fruits can be chewed to treat canker sores.

Leaves
Leaf smoke can be inhaled to treat colds, bronchitis, and rheumatism.

Notes
May contain anti-tumor compound podophyllotoxin. All parts may be toxic.

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Eastern Redcedar- Bark