Eastern Redcedar - Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana
Closely related to Rocky Mountain Juniper, sometimes hybridizing, the two are separated by range, with Eastern Redcedar occurring east of the Rocky Mountains. Typically with a single trunk covered in a fibrous bark, the trees grow to 60 feet, although can be dwarfed in harsh environments. Individual trees bear both scalelike and needlelike leaves. Growing from lowland sites to high in the eastern mountains, often in disturbed sites, it is a common coniferous species. The cones are berrylike and have a waxy coating, much like other junipers; they mature in a year.