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gondwanalon's avatar

Can you identify this tree species?

Asked by gondwanalon (21685points) 3 weeks ago

See picture of leaves, cones and bark here:

Specimens came from a tall tree (over 100 feet tall). Soft cones carpeted the ground under the tree.

What do you think?

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ragingloli's avatar

Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca’, maybe.

Smashley's avatar

Atlas Cedar, seconded. Definitely not a spruce.

gondwanalon's avatar

@ragingloli and @Smashley Very helpful. Bravo! Thanks.
I was thinking that the tree is dioecious because all I see on the tree and all over the ground are male cones. But that’s not the case for Cedar pines unless this tree is some sort of hybrid. There should be female cones also. Perhaps they are just developing or high on the tree. I’ll use binoculars to get a good look.

Smashley's avatar

@SnipSnip – no, observe the growth of the needles. Many from a central point making a ball, whereas your fir has needles growing in rows off central stalks. Several conifers have blue varieties or variations.

JeSuisRickSpringfield's avatar

A third for Blue Atlas Cedar.

seawulf575's avatar

For future use, there is an app called SEEK that is outstanding at identifying the unknown in nature.

smudges's avatar

cedrus libani (Cedar of Lebanon) or cedrus atlantica.

Do the cones on the branches grow up or hang down?

gondwanalon's avatar

@smudges The male cones generally grow up but are growing sideways and a few downward directions. Unfortunately I can see no female cones which are the key for species identification.

Forever_Free's avatar

Blue Spruce (Picea pungens)

A photo of the bark of the tree also helps.

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