Plant ID forum→Identify a green columnar tree for small front yard

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Medford, New Jersey (south Jer
Wyngate
Sep 5, 2020 6:29 AM CST
Hi
I need a slim tree for my front yard. Saw this in the neighborhood and would like to know the name to research if it will fit. Also, any suggestions welcome
Thank you
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BigBill
Sep 5, 2020 7:35 AM CST
It is a weeping spruce of some type.
Maybe a weeping Norway Spruce. Not exactly sure.
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Wyngate
Sep 5, 2020 8:09 AM CST
Thanks for the suggestion. I will research that name.
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ViburnumValley
Sep 6, 2020 7:31 AM CST
I agree with the Picea abies (Norway Spruce) ID. It is certainly a pendulous form, if not necessarily a weeping form.

Regardless: Norway Spruce is a LARGE plant in either of these forms. I suspect that the example you have shown in NJ will be acceptable for just a couple more years before the pendulous branching is hanging in the gutters and on the roof, extending into the front walkway, and covering security lighting and windows. Pruning may be a short term answer on width, but that will create an imbalanced and off-putting character on a tree that would rather be 15' away from any such structure in this form.

There are lots of narrow(er) plants that are selections of "full size" or normal characteristics plants - but none stop growing. I'd lean toward a plant whose full mature size fits your site, or plan for proper pruning over the plant's lifetime.
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euophrys
Sep 7, 2020 4:58 PM CST
If you want an evergreen tree that is smaller, there are dwarf varieties of lots of them, including spruces! Personally I think the weeping blue dwarf spruce is very pretty. This list might be useful: https://savvygardening.com/dwa...
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DaisyI
Sep 7, 2020 5:56 PM CST
euophrys said:If you want an evergreen tree that is smaller, there are dwarf varieties of lots of them, including spruces! Personally I think the weeping blue dwarf spruce is very pretty. This list might be useful: https://savvygardening.com/dwa...


Except sometimes they forget to grow up - the trunk is as weepy as the branches. Smiling My personal favorite for tall and skinny is Hinoki Cypress. but they're only hardy to zone 5 or 6. How cold does it get at your house?
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Medford, New Jersey (south Jer
Wyngate
Sep 8, 2020 10:42 AM CST
Thank you everyone for all your suggestions. I will be busy looking up the various suggestions. Great ideas. Also, Daisy I am in zone 7b in South Jersey and thanks for your article.
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DaisyI
Sep 8, 2020 6:12 PM CST
euophrys gave you the link to the article. I just commented on it. Smiling Good luck in your search.
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