Mountain Cedar

Mountain Cedar

Juniperus ashei
Cedar, Texas Cedar, Brake Cedar; Ashe Juniper, Ash Juniper; Sabino

25 feet

30 feet
Native from south-central U.S. and Texas south to Mexico.
  • Central Texas
  • Texas
  • Full Sun
  • Part Sun/Shade
  • Very Low
  • Evergreen
  • Birds

About This Plant

Sun or partial shade. A fragrant, evergreen native conifer, with shaggy bark used by Texas’ golden-cheeked warbler for nest-building. The male trees produce pollen, looking like red dust on the branches in winter; this causes misery for those with cedar allergies. (The female trees produce no pollen, just blue gin berries relished by wildlife.) The rest of the year, the scent of juniper at night is synonymous with the Texas Hill Country, and its decomposing leaves create a rich soil for many native Hill Country plants. Despite misconceptions to the contrary, Ashe juniper is not “invasive,” just well adapted to the harsh, rocky conditions where it thrives. Since livestock find it unpalatable, its range expanded with cattle ranching. Ashe juniper is often seen growing as brush. Fire has often pruned away the bottom-most branches to give it the tree-like trunks often seen in new subdivisions. Cedar provides an effective evergreen landscape property screen when it is retained.


Typically no pruning is required. Any cuts should only be made at a bud or branch, and mostly just to remove dead, damaged, or rubbing branches. As with any tree, remove no more than 25% of the canopy during any five-year cycle. Leave the upper 2/3 of the crown uncut to maintain a healthy specimen; when pruning, stick to the bottom third of the tree. Mulch with about 2″ of wood chips or pine bark when possible. In general, the mulched area for a tree should be six feet at minimum.


Plant Type:
Small Tree
15-25' H, 15-30' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Types:
Birds, Butterfly Larvae, Pollinators
Flower Color:
Bloom Time:
Freeze Hardy:
Coupon Eligible:

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