In its native range, it is commonly called "cedar", however it is a juniper, not a true cedar. The wood is usually referred to as Aromatic Red Cedar. "Cedar Chests" are used to store clothing, as the wood repells moths. The Red Cedar has been used for years in Georgia as the Christmas tree. The Red Cedar grows naturally into a Christmas tree shape and is found in forests throughout Georgia.
Coastal Red Cedar
Southern Red Cedar
Often treated as its own species
The coastal or southern red cedar are found on the exposed sand dunes, in the dry maritime live oak and pine forests, in wetland sites on the barrier islands and along the sounds and tidal creeks. Often they are naturally sculpted into twisted, horizontal, bonsai-like configurations by winds and salt spray.
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large Southern Red Cedar - St. Simons Island, GA
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