Eastern Red Cedar

Tennessee State Tree (evergreen)


Eastern red cedar - Juniperus virginiana

Eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana); by Alex Melman on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Eastern Red Cedar

Tennessee designated eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana) as the official state evergreen tree in 2012. Also called red cedar, eastern juniper, red juniper, pencil cedar, or aromatic cedar, this evergreen is indigenous to the entire state of Tennessee and was one of the earliest landscape trees used by early pioneers. 

"Cedar Knob" was the name of the land on which the Tennessee state capitol was built, and the street at the foot of the capitol was called Cedar Street (now Charlotte Avenue). The eastern red cedar is is a sacred tree of the native American Cherokee peoples.

Tennessee also recognized the tulip poplar as the state tree in 1947, and the yellowwood was named Tennessee's bicentennial tree in 1991.