envelope icon phone icon

Content is below menu. Find the page you want, then scroll down. Current page in white text.

About Us

Home

Ideas

Trees

Conifers

Cedars & Junipers

Firs

Larches

Pines

Spruces

Food Forests

Leaf Trees

Ordering

Care

Our Forests

Almanac

Links


If the problem has a solution, worrying is pointless, in the end the problem will be solved. If the problem has no solution, there is no reason to worry, because it can't be solved.
Zen

Cedars & Junipers

Where the rest of our evergreens are in essence bottle brushes, the cedar and juniper group are closer to being brooms. Instead of needles, they have scales. There is no real distinction between leaf and twig.

Skybound Cedar

Row of skybound cedar.

Most cedars are borderline here, but with suitable choice of location, will do well. Too many people put them on the south or west side of a wall or fence. Winter air in such places is stagnant, and warm. The top of the tree is warm and cozy while the roots are frozen, unable to replace water lost by the leaves. Putting them 15-20 feet away from the wall is sufficient.

This problem affects upright junipers too, although the scopulorum group of junipers is more resistant.

Cedars do best with constant damp, but not soggy ground. Rototilling several inches of wood chips into the soil will help with water retention, and will moderate our heavy clay. They will do best if heavily mulched (2-3 inches of wood chips on top of a double layer of cardboard. Renew every 2-3 years) and put on a once a week automatic waterer. Set it to put enough water to keep the top 5 inches of soil moist, but not soggy.

Cedars are moderately shade tolerant.

Junipers tend to prefer a very well drained soil. They are much more drought tolerant, but like cedar they are subject to winter dehydration. The upright ones should not be in a warm pocket. Near the house, use the low sprawling ones. Water thoroughly in late fall to help them through the winter.

Junipers do best in full sun, although I've seen native ones in dappled shade.


Got something to say? Email me: sfinfo@sherwoods-forests.com

Want to talk right now? Talk to me: (8 am to 9 pm only, please) 1-780-848-2548


Back to Top
Copyright © 2008 - 2016 S. G. Botsford

Sherwood's Forests is located about 75 km southwest of Edmonton, Alberta. Please refer to the map on our Contact page for directions.