Red Cedar • Juniperus virginiana
Trees & Shrubs
Conditions: Allergic rhinitis; allergic asthma6 Symptoms: Itchy, stuffy, or runny nose; post-nasal drip; sneezing; itchy, red, or watery eyes; asthmatic symptoms.
Physical description: Dense, evergreen, slow-growing tree;
leaves are sharp and needle-like or tightly pressed scale-like leaves; bark is reddish-brown, thin, and fibrous, and peels off in narrow strips.
Environmental factors: Found in prairies; plains; meadows; pastures; savannahs; acidic, alkaline, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, silty loam, well-drained and clay soils; can withstand occasional flooding yet
has good drought tolerance.
Cross-reactivity: Juniper; cedar; cypress
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Did You Know?
A cedar tree can survive over 300 years in the wild.