Conifer identification, growth habit, care

Asked September 19, 2018, 9:46 AM EDT

Accompanying photos show a conifer, approximately 6 feet tall, growing in my front yard. Its proximity to underground utility lines requiresthat it be moved. The tree appears to be in good health, getting adequate sunlight and moisture, but I haven't a clue as to its identity, growth habit and requirements, or what specific care it may require. Thus, I'd be grateful for your good counsel and suggestions about my tree. Many thanks.

Montgomery County Maryland native trees eastern red cedar

1 Response

This looks like our native Eastern Red Cedar, (Juniperus virginiana), which would be even more likely if you didn't plant it and it just volunteered there on its own- usually seeds from berries spread by wildlife.

Here is a page with more information on it:http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=a394
In our area, they are likely to get a rust disease that causes 'cedar apples' that spends the rest of its life cycle affecting apples, quince and hawthorns.
See more here: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/rust-diseases-trees-and-shrubs

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