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Name: Sue Bradley
Illinois
Shoshi
Aug 24, 2016 5:06 PM CST
There's a small tree in front of the school I work at. I think it's a pine. It has feathery needles(?). The bark is reddish and looks like it could be easily stripped off. Posting two pictures. What is it?
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Aug 24, 2016 5:36 PM CST
If it loses its feathery needles in the winter, it is Bald Cypress.
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 24, 2016 6:06 PM CST
That was my first thought too, Porkpal.

Shoshi, we really need to know where you are to tell you what kind of tree it is. Different trees live in different climates.

Please fill in your profile with your location - it's the little person icon in the upper left blue side bar.
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Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Aug 24, 2016 6:14 PM CST
Or a Dawn Redwood. We need a location of the tree....
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Aug 24, 2016 6:26 PM CST
I agree, knowing where the tree is growing (general area of the country) will help to narrow down an exact ID. The leaves and bark look like Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum) or Pond Cypress (Taxodium distichum var. imbricarium) to me but check out the images in the database for Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) that Daisy suggested too.
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Name: Sue Bradley
Illinois
Shoshi
Aug 25, 2016 6:47 PM CST
I added my location to my profile. (Chicago suburbs)
Bald cypress might be right. It does change color in the fall, but I can't, for the life of me, remember if it drops its needles.
(I've only worked at this school for two decades. Sheesh.😄)
Thanks, everyone, for your help so far!
Would better pictures help?
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Aug 25, 2016 7:07 PM CST
I'm going with Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum) Check out these pages for more information and photos too:
http://www.mortonarb.org/trees-plants/tree-plant-description...
http://www.chicagobotanic.org/plantinfo/tree_alternatives/ba...
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Name: Rick R.
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Leftwood
Aug 25, 2016 10:53 PM CST
Both Bald cypress (or Pond cypress) and Dawn redwood drop their needles in the fall (actually, usually the end twigs are deciduous, too). Location would not be much help, as both are hardy in the Chicago area, and Bald cypress is native in Illinois only at the southern tip of the state. The way to know the difference in "young" trees like this is the twig arrangement:
--- Bald cypress is alternate.
--- Dawn redwood is opposite.

Sometimes Bald cypress may seem opposite, but even so, there will always be some that are clearly alternate.
Dawn redwood is always opposite, no exceptions.

Bald cypress:
https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fpreviews.1...

Dawn redwood:
https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn2.arkiv...
Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Aug 25, 2016 11:34 PM CST
Thank You! Rick

I was stumped on how to tell the difference.

Daisy

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