What kind of tree is this, and is it worth saving?

nickw252December 1, 2012

I've got this tree in my front yard that I don't particularly like. It always has a hint of brown, it's messy, and I just don't like its appearance. What kind of pine tree is it? And is there anything about the tree that makes it unique or worth saving?

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nickw252

up close

    Bookmark   December 1, 2012 at 12:34PM
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tomatofreak(Z9 Phx USA)

It's not a pine; it's an arborvitae. I have one that is very old and it is messy and it is always infected with some pest that turns the foliage brown. Can't remember what it is, but you're sure to find it in this link. You can alleviate the problem by shooting the branches with a jet stream of water, but yours looks awfully close to your house so that might be messy, too.

Here is a link that might be useful: Arborvitae

    Bookmark   December 1, 2012 at 8:01PM
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richsd

I don't think it is an arborvitae. I think it's one of the Araucaria species.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2012 at 2:08PM
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hellbound

looks like a juniper

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 10:46AM
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MaryMcP Zone 8b - Phx AZ

I thought juniper too at first hellbound but the bark is wrong. Here's a juniper, one of my favorite trees to photograph.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 12:20PM
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hellbound

looks just like the ones we had back on new mexice the one in your pic looks like and alligator juniper might also be a cypress but its shaped all wrong

    Bookmark   December 7, 2012 at 12:41PM
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tomatofreak(Z9 Phx USA)

Here's a pic of the arborvitae foliage.

Here is a link that might be useful: arborvitae foliage (and cones)

    Bookmark   December 7, 2012 at 8:43PM
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azbolt

I have to agree with tomatofreak...it looks like an OLD and very trimmed arborvitae...maybe it didn't get enough sun when it was young and made for the "sparseness" in the foliage at the top, with trimming at the bottom...makes it look like it could be some other type of tree. Wow, that was a long sentence!

Kevin

    Bookmark   December 8, 2012 at 1:26PM
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