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

Posted by nickw252 Phoenix (My Page) on
Sat, Dec 1, 12 at 12:34

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

up close


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

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


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

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


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

looks like a juniper


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

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


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

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


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

Here's a pic of the arborvitae foliage.

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


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

  • Posted by bolt z8 Phx (My Page) on
    Sat, Dec 8, 12 at 13:26

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


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