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Red Cedar Cedar Savin




=Habitat and Range.=--Dry, rocky hills but not at great altitudes,

borders of lakes and streams, sterile plains, peaty swamps.



Nova Scotia and New Brunswick to Ontario.



Maine,--rare, though it extends northward to the middle Kennebec valley,

reduced almost to a shrub; New Hampshire,--most frequent in the

southeast part of the state; sparingly in the Connecticut valley as far

north as Haverhill (Grafton county); found also in Hart's location in

the White mountain region; Vermont,--not abundant; occurs here and there

on hills at levels less than 1000 feet; frequent in the Champlain and

lower Connecticut valleys; Massachusetts,--west and center occasional,

eastward common; Rhode Island and Connecticut,--common.



South to Florida; west to Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Indian

Territory.



=Habit.=--A medium-sized tree, 25-40 feet high, with a trunk diameter of

8-20 inches, attaining much greater dimensions southward; extremely

variable in outline; the lower branches usually nearly horizontal, the

upper ascending; head when young very regular, narrow-based, close and

conical; in old trees frequently rather open, wide-spreading, ragged,

roundish or flattened. In very exposed situations, especially along the

seacoast, the trunk sometimes rises a foot or two and then develops

horizontally, forming a curiously contorted lateral head. Under such

conditions it occasionally becomes a dwarf tree 2-3 feet high, with

wide-spreading branches and a very dense dome; spray close, foliage a

sombre green, sometimes tinged with a rusty brownish-red; wood pale red,

aromatic.



=Bark.=--Bark of trunk light reddish-brown, fibrous, shredding off, now

and then, in long strips, exposing the smooth brown inner bark; season's

shoots green.



=Winter Buds and Leaves.=--Leaf-buds naked, minute. Leaves dull green or

brownish-red, of two kinds:



1. Scale-like, mostly opposite, each pair overlapping the pair above,

4-ranked, ovate, acute, sometimes bristle-tipped, more or less convex,

obscurely glandular.



2. Scattered, not overlapping, narrowly lanceolate or needle-shaped,

sharp-pointed, spreading. The second form is more common in young trees,

sometimes comprising all the foliage, but is often found on trees of all

ages, sometimes aggregated in dense masses.



=Inflorescence.=--Early May. Flowers terminating short branches, sterile

and fertile, more commonly on separate trees, often on the same tree;

anthers in opposite pairs; ovuliferous scales in opposite pairs,

slightly spreading, acute or obtuse; ovules 1-4.



=Fruit.=--Berry-like from the coalescence of the fleshy cone-scales, the

extremities of which are often visible, roundish, the size of a small

pea, dark blue beneath a whitish bloom, 1-4-seeded.



=Horticultural Value.=--Hardy throughout New England; prefers sunny

slopes and a loamy soil, but grows well in poor, thin soils and upon

wind-swept sites; young plants increase in height 1-2 feet yearly and

have a very formal, symmetrical outline; old trees often become

irregular and picturesque, and grow very slowly; a long-lived tree;

usually obtainable in nurseries and from collectors, but must frequently

be transplanted to be moved with safety. If a ball of earth can be

retained about the roots of wild plants, they can often be moved

successfully. There are horticultural forms distinguished by a slender

weeping or distorted habit, and by variegated bluish or yellowish

foliage, occasionally found in American nurseries. The type is usually

propagated from the seed, the horticultural forms from cuttings or by

grafting.






1. Branch with sterile and fertile flowers.

2. Sterile flower.

3. Stamen with pollen-sacs.

4. Fertile flower.

5. Fruiting branch.

6. Branch.

7. Branch with needle-shaped leaves.






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