Plant of the Week: Emerald Sentinel Eastern Red Cedar

Emerald Sentinel Eastern red cedar produces deep blue berries in the winter months, providing an important food source for song birds at the High Line.

The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running in the 1980s. Today, the High Line includes more than 300 species of perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees — each chosen for their hardiness, adaptability, diversity, and seasonal variation in color and texture. Some of the species that originally grew on the High Line’s rail bed are reflected in the park landscape today.

This week we share with you one of our gardeners’ current favorites.

Eastern red cedar, Juniperus virginiana, is a species of juniper native to the eastern half of the United States and southern Canada. It is a slow-growing evergreen tree with branching scale-like foliage. Emerald Sentinel ‘Corcorcor’ is one of a handful of cultivars of this species selected specifically for gardens. In addition to its attractive foliage throughout the year, in the winter months the trees produce vivid blue berries which act as an important food source for song birds. At the High Line, you may see Northern Mockingbirds and sparrows snacking on the fruit this time of year.

On the High Line between West 21st and West 22nd Streets, and at West 30th Street

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