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Spruce evolves into Pine?

Posted by SaraCA none (My Page) on
Sat, Oct 15, 11 at 19:53

Have a spruce tree 18" tall in pot that was a "living Christmas tree" - the tree is now morphing from spruce tree to a pine tree. It has 3" pine needles on some branches and the main leader morphs into a pine with all 3" pine needles.

How do I stop the pine growth?
Is this the result of grafting?

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RE: Spruce evolves into Pine?

Umm. Doesn't happen.

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RE: Spruce evolves into Pine?

Sounds like a case of juvenile Stone Pine (Pinus pinea) foliage being replaced by mature foliage.
Note the top part of the plant in the linked photo...

Here is a link that might be useful: Pinus pinea

RE: Spruce evolves into Pine?

Agreed. It was never a spruce, but just juvenile needles on a pine.

RE: Spruce evolves into Pine?

Ditto to Stone Pine.

You can keep them permanently juvenile by growing them as bonsai with frequent pruning. It's a lot of hard work, though.


RE: Spruce evolves into Pine?

Thanks jaro_in_montreal. The linked photo is exactly what I have. Mystery solved.

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