If Trees Could Sing

Mike Farris & the Eastern Red Cedar

Mike Farris talks about the Eastern red cedar and the benefits that trees provide us.


Eastern Red Cedar Berries

These berries are a favorite of many birds, including cedar waxwings, robins and bluebirds.

Eastern Red Cedar Needles

The needles of the Eastern red cedar are evergreen.

Eastern red cedars, a commonly occurring evergreen, are sometimes used as Christmas trees.

Mike Farris

Nashville-based bandleader, guitarist and singer Mike Farris delivers a fiery blend of rock, rhythm & blues and gospel music. The former lead vocalist for the hard rocking Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies, Farris has moved in a more soulful direction since the early 2000s, with critically acclaimed albums Salvation in Lights, Sunday Night Shout! and Shout! Live. He was awarded a Grammy for Best Roots Gospel Album for his 2014 album, Shine for All the People. He has also been honored with awards by both the Gospel Music Association and the Americana Music Association. 

Eastern Red Cedar Facts

  • Scientific name: Juniperus virginiana
  • Range: across the East to Nebraska and Texas
  • Height: up to 100 feet tall
  • Fruit: small, blue berries, a favorite food of many bird species and mammals
  • Evergreen: its needles remain green year round

You Can Take Care of Trees Like the Eastern Red Cedar

Mighty Cool Tree Fact

Did you know... research studies show that a walk in a forest will measurably lower a person's stress hormones, blood pressure and heart rate?

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