Identification: Need ID of shrub with spruce-like needles

Discussion in 'Gymnosperms (incl. Conifers)' started by dannystwicked, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. dannystwicked

    dannystwicked Active Member

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    I have no idea what type of plant this is. Can spruce trees grow like shrubs sometimes? The needles kind of look like that of a red spruce. Any help would me much appreciated.
     

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    skunkyjoe Active Member

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    Maybe a Dwarf Bird's Nest Spruce ?
     
  3. Luke Harding

    Luke Harding Active Member

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    There are quite a few dwarf, 'birds nest' type Spruce around.
    Maybe Picea mariana 'Doumettii' ?
     
  4. dannystwicked

    dannystwicked Active Member

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    Hmmm...Bird's nest spruce. I had never heard of it. It seems like you're spot on though. Thanks for the help.
     
  5. Luke Harding

    Luke Harding Active Member

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    I don't think the title 'Birds nest' is specific to anything. Its just a term some folk use for the habit of the tree (flat topped with a slight indentation at the centre). I've heard it used for quite a few of the dwarf Tsuga varieties before.
     
  6. M. D. Vaden

    M. D. Vaden Active Member 10 Years

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    In northern Oregon, the "Birds Nest" tag more or less is attributed to the small Birds Nest Spruce.

    Not my favorite plant. The few I like are like 25 years old or older where some kind of low canopy can be formed.
     
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    Picea abies ' nidiformis' ?
     
  8. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    I'm used to bird's nest spruce being used for 'Nidiformis'. Which the plant shown might be, but isn't necessarily.
     

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