Care Guide for Brodie Southern Red Cedar


  • Choose a location with well-draining soil.
  • Dig a hole that is twice as wide and just as deep as the root ball.
  • Remove the tree from its container and loosen any roots that are tightly packed.
  • Place the tree in the hole and backfill with soil, making sure to eliminate any air pockets.
  • Water the tree well to settle the soil.


  • Prefers soil that is well-draining and neutral to slightly acidic.
  • If your soil is heavy or clay-like, amend it with compost or sand to improve drainage.
  • Avoid soil that is constantly wet.


  • Mulch the base of the tree with 2-3 inches of organic matter, such as leaves, bark, or wood chips.
  • Make sure the mulch is not in direct contact with the trunk.


  • Prefers full sun to partial shade.
  • Avoid planting in areas with heavy shade.


  • Water regularly during the first growing season to establish a deep and strong root system. 
  • Once established, water only during extended periods of drought.
  • Do not over-water, as this can lead to root rot.


  • Fertilize during early spring with a slow-release fertilizer.


  • Pruning is not necessary. 
  • Avoid pruning during the hottest and coldest months to avoid strain on the tree.