132729 Pencil Cedar (Eastern Red Cedar) Juniperus virginiana (Cupressaceae) HEIGHT to 17m. Slender pyramidal or sometimes narrowly columnar evergreen, usually with a single trunk. BARK Reddish-¬brown, peeling in vertical strips. BRANCHES Numerous, small and ascending, bearing fine, rounded, scaly twigs. LEAVES Young leaves (in pairs at ends of shoots) are needle-like, finely pointed and up to 6mm long; upper surface has bluish band and lower surface is green. Mature leaves are 1.5mm long, rounded and scale-like, usually growing close to shoot; occur in a variety of shades of green. Crushed foliage smells of paint. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS Male cones are small, yellow, and found at tips of shoots. Female cones are oval, up to 6mm long and ripen in first year, maturing through bluish-green to violet-brown. STATUS AND DISTRIBUTION Native of E USA in a variety of habitats. Infrequently planted in Britain and Ireland.