Identifying Pine, Spruce, and Fir: Pine, Spruce, and Fir

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Identifying Pine, Spruce, and Fir

By Joannabanana
December 23, 2012

These three trees are the staple of winter and holiday decor, however, they are often confused with one another. Viewing them side by side is a helpful way to see the differences.

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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Dec 22, 2012 8:54 PM CST
Joanna, thank you so much for the tip on identifying these three evergreens. I always knew about the pine needles, but didn't know how to tell the others apart.
Name: Joanne
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Joannabanana
Dec 22, 2012 10:21 PM CST
I think there are some pines with much shorter needles, but the pictures are from trees in my yard and the neighbour's ... excluding the Fir. We got a Balsm Fir Christmas Tree this year. Fir trees don't grow well in our area, so you don't see them much here
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Dec 23, 2012 9:35 AM CST
We have a Pine and a Fir in our back yard.
I wonder why Fir trees don't do well in your area?
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Dec 23, 2012 10:01 AM CST
We have high alkaline soil with lots of clay and the Chinooks are tough on the plants. The humidity is very low as well. Maybe the combination of all 3 is why, but not sure
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Dec 23, 2012 3:13 PM CST
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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Dec 23, 2012 6:44 PM CST
Joanne, thanks for the lesson...I needed it! Now, if only I can remember it... *Blush*
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Joannabanana
Nov 9, 2013 7:50 PM CST
Winter interest containers have started here. I went to a Christmas Market today and they had some gorgeous displays
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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valleylynn
Nov 9, 2013 8:00 PM CST
Thank you for the heads up Joanne. I will go out and take inventory of what I have available this year. Hurray!

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