Why I like Red Cedar
Pictured here is a common sight found just about anywhere in its native range in eastern US/Canada. Its the Eastern Red Cedar or Juniperus virginiana In my state it is equally at home in the dunes near Ocean City or the calcareous soils of the Hagerstown Valley. Remarkably it seems right at home in the toxic, xeric soils of the serpentine barrens which are also found here. This is a true pioneer species which readily colonizes old fields and roadsides. It cannot tolerate shade or wet conditions.
The beautiful green Olive Hairstreak can be found near this tree because RC is it's larval host.
I bought this bluebird box yesterday and left it in my car over night. When I went out to get it this morning the whole car smelled of cedar, what a great smell. You can tell RC wood because of the contrasting colors and the strong aromatic smell. Also notice the blue berries found on the female trees. They are a food source for countless birds over the winter.
IMO forget Leyland Cypress and plant Red Cedar