help with conifer id and estimated age

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  1. ratboy

    ratboy Member

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    Im trying to identify this type of tree. They are located in a park/rest area in zone 7b. I would like to have one of my own. Are they Junipers? Also, what do you think about the estimated age of these specimens? Sorry for poor picture quality. The pictures where taken with my phones camera.
     

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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Yes, juniper; the pics aren't clear enough to identify the species or cultivar, but perhaps J. × pfitzeriana. I'd guess maybe about 20-25 years old. They have been heavily pruned to remove all the low branches.
     
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    Thanks Michael F!
     
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    M. D. Vaden Active Member 10 Years

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    My guess is 30 years, similar to Michael's estimate.

    When I started college, I used to intitiate a lot of pruning like that to Junipers, but avoid it as much as possible these days.

    It was a short-lived amusement.
     
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    KarinL Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Such pruning can have a very distinct role to play in gardens, where one might want to have the plant but also light, space, view corridors, or, heaven forbid, other plants.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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