Pencil Cedar

Juniperus virginiana ‘Skyrocket’, commonly known as the Skyrocket Juniper or Eastern Red Cedar ‘Skyrocket,’ is a narrow, columnar evergreen shrub or small tree. It belongs to the cypress family (Cupressaceae) and is native to North America.

The Appearance

A medium-sized evergreen conifer with a narrow, columnar shape and soft, scale-like leaves. It produces small cones and has reddish-brown bark.


The Produce

These cones are typically blue-green and are clustered along the upright branches of the tree.


The Flowers

Produces small, inconspicuous flowers in spring, followed by small cones.


The Leaves

The foliage is composed of dense, silvery-blue, scale-like leaves tightly arranged along the vertical branches, that retain their colour throughout the year.


The Bark

The bark is reddish-brown and becomes more fissured with age.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun. Commonly found in gardens and parks.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and insects. The dense foliage offers excellent cover.


The Culture

Valued for its timber and ornamental appeal. Often planted in parks and large gardens.


Fun Facts

The Pencil Cedar is known for its attractive, columnar shape and is often used in ornamental landscaping.

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