Plant ID forum→Weeping fir tree

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Boise, Idaho
Apr 5, 2020 12:08 PM CST
Bought a house recently and trying to identify this tree. (It's about 14-15 feet tall.) Also, we want to trim up (cut off) the lower branches because they're covering a bedroom window right now. Any reason not to?

Also, should be concerned about how the top of the tree is bent over so much?


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Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
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Apr 5, 2020 12:30 PM CST
That's a weeping form of Norway Spruce - Picea abies 'Pendula' or a similar clone.

Hard to say what the result will be by limbing it up - as remaining branches above will continue to trend downward. The difficult answer is probably removing it entirely, since as a coniferous evergreen it will always be blocking light and the view.

Before you fire up the chainsaw, you might contact local landscape design firms, and see if anyone would want to buy/move it. These types of specimens are often pricey. There is a lot of difficulty to moving one that large, but sometimes people are willing to try if they have an interested customer. Don't expect to get paid much; it will take a team of people and equipment to dig/transport that tree. But, that's better than a serious basal pruning...

The "bent over so much" may be due to quirkiness of growing habit, or due to ice/snow loads in Boise winters. It isn't something you will be able to correct.

Good luck, whatever you choose. It is one of the hazards of inheriting an existing landscape.

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Apr 5, 2020 1:54 PM CST
Beautiful tree!
Name: John
Pomona/Riverside CA (Zone 9a)
Apr 5, 2020 2:33 PM CST

Another option would be to remove some branches near the window and leave the rest. It seems a shame to remove the whole tree to expose 1 window.
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Apr 5, 2020 3:28 PM CST
What a beauty.
Boise, Idaho
Apr 5, 2020 8:01 PM CST
Thanks, everyone, for the feedback, especially John.

We don't have any plans to remove it, and I'll be very cautious trimming it. After looking at it again, I think trimming back one branch about will allow more light into the window while not affecting the tree's shape. It's also getting tangled up with an unkempt rose bush.
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Apr 5, 2020 8:08 PM CST
A rose is a LOT cheaper and easier to replace than that tree! Hilarious!

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