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Cedars and Junipers - Tree Leaf Key

A Quick and Easy Way to Identify 50 Common North American Trees

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When you'€™re trying to identify a tree, looking at the leaves or needles can be a big help. If tree foliage is a scale-like leaf, then you'€™re probably dealing with a conifer or evergreen that is in the cedar or juniper family. To figure out which of these trees you'€™re looking at, take a look at the tree's foliage, and match it up to the types identified below.

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1. The Major Cedars

The Major Cedars
Does your tree have scale-like green sprays that are flattened into fan-like foliage? Does you tree have small cones or tiny pink flowers attached to the fan-like sprays? Remember that Eastern red cedar is actually a juniper. If so you probably have a cedar!

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2. The Major Junipers

Red Cedar

Does you tree have berrylike, bluish, glaucous, bloomy cones on tips of shoots? Some junipers carry spiny needle-like leaves. The adult tree shape is often narrowly columnar. Remember that Eastern red cedar is actually a juniper. If so you probably have a juniper!

 

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