Eastern Red Cedar
A small to medium-sized tree, aromatic, evergreen, with a dense, pyramidal (sometimes cylindrical) crown.
Leaves, usually at the end of twigs, are minute, dark green, turning bronze in winter, either scalelike or needlelike.
Trunk is single, tapering; trunk spreads at the base.
Bark light reddish brown, shredding into long, thin, flat strips, the trunk tapering towards the top and spreading at the base.
Twigs flexible, green the first year, reddish brown the second year, aromatic.
Conifers don't technically flower, but pollen is shed March–May. Male and female cones usually on separate trees; male cones small, often abundant, golden brown, produced at tips of twigs; female cones smaller, purplish, about 1/16 inch long.
Fruits August–September; female cones become fleshy, berrylike, about ¼ inch long, dark blue, covered with a white, waxy coating, globe-shaped; flesh sweet, resinous, with odor of gin; seeds within the cone 1–2.