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Old 06-10-2010, 11:47 AM   #1
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not exactly sure what type of tree this is and how to care for it, it was planted in the corner of the yard when i moved in and I just took notice to it. It is growing very long in one direction can i place stakes around it to give it more of a shape?

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Not sure what it is - but I've seen them highly trained with stakes and wires. Let your imagination go wild!

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Close up pictures of the needles, bark, and fruiting bodies would help. The needles look like they may be emerging in clusters. Do they fall off in the winter? If so, it could be a larch, if not I would like more detail. Close up pictures of the bark, needles, buds, and cones. If you want to try a basic identification scheme, you could try this, although it is not particularly good at the exotics:

http://forestry.about.com/od/treeide...y_id_start.htm

Wood stores tension like a spring, if you try to pull that tree straight up all at once, it could break. I would suggest pulling it back up like 15 degrees every month of spring and summer, not in the fall or winter as the tree is going to be more dormant then and will have lost a lot of elasticity.
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it looks as good as it does now in the winter months even with all the blizzards we had in PA. None of the needles fell off it during winter the needles are soft too and has lots of new growth that i would like to cut back a little. i'll post close ups when i get home.

BTW the bark is very smooth it has almost no texture to it at all.

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i think it looks kinda cool like that, maybe just keep it pruned?
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Not even sure how to really prune it with out killing it. The tree looks very nice and very expensive, but i dont want to kill it and i dont want it growing across the front of my house i'd like it to grow upwards a little. if i could trim a few inches off the longer branches that would be great.
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Sure looks like a Larch, but if the needles stay on, it ain't a larch from what I know. Perhaps some ornamental from out east, my parents have a tree that looks like a larch but ain't, took some real head scratching to identify what it was. Any chance the cones off this thing weight about a pound, could be the same type of tree but just a very wee little version.
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The tree is a Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar and should be pruned and staked to direct and control its growth.
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very cool thanks now i just have to figure how to prune correctly.

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Beautiful! I wish I had it. Good luck
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I would check with a good local nursery...they should have some experience with it. If you think it's not doing well you can take part of a branch in and they can look at it under a microscope to check.
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My guess is that it is growing like that because it is lacking in light at the base. As such, it wants to stretch out to get more sunlight. Maybe you can somehow make the base area more sunlight friendly.
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My guess is that it is growing like that because it is lacking in light at the base. As such, it wants to stretch out to get more sunlight. Maybe you can somehow make the base area more sunlight friendly.

It is growing like that because it is supossed too.

This tree should be staked until maturity to create the height and width desired. As for pruning, prune in winter while still dormant, and remove no more than 1/3 of the tree at a time.
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I must have this tree. Thanks for posting it, I'm on the hunt now.
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