Background: Asking for help with identifying a few more plants that we have now removed. Now that we have taken more interest in the plants around the house, we have a bit of remorse that we perhaps went too hastily in removing some of these overgrown, neglected plants when we moved in.

Plant 1 (large): some kind of dwarf pine?

Plant 1

Plant 2 (large): spruce?

Plant 2

For scale, they look like this together:


  • I'm guessing the first one is a juniper or something in the Cupressaceae family. May 29, 2021 at 22:54
  • Do the needles bend or break when you bend them? Do they have a sharp point? Is the trunk bark smooth? I've been looking at this and similar, which talk about the differences between various trees: mrtreeservices.com/blog/tell-difference-spruce-fir-pine-trees May 29, 2021 at 23:03
  • Unfortunately we burned the debris, but I remember that the needles were somewhat flexible and not very sharp.
    – Roc W.
    May 30, 2021 at 0:16
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    The second one could be either a spruce or a fir. Not sure if anyone can ID them any more specifically than that with such limited evidence.
    – csk
    May 30, 2021 at 2:19
  • @csk Yeah, I know. We acted a bit impulsively and ignorantly, overwhelmed by how everything was out of control and how mice and roaches were coming out of the dense foliage. Seeing the flowering and the wonders a little bit of pruning can do, we are now curious what plant choice the previous owner had for the different areas.
    – Roc W.
    May 30, 2021 at 13:28

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Plant 1

It is hard to guess without closer look to the foliage, so I am going to split my pick:

  • Juniperus 70%
  • Chamacyparis 15%
  • Thuja 15%

This reason that I favor juniperus is that many plants of that species have that gorgeous "windswept" look, the look seen on the original photo.

Plant 2

Picea abies 'Nidiformis'

Well-known and in demand dwarf cultivar of picea.

  • Thanks! I found the same picture for Picea abies 'Nidiformis' ("Norway spruce"), which looked very similar, hence my guess for some kind of spruce. But I don't know if there are any variant of fir as @csk mentioned that may also have a similar look.
    – Roc W.
    May 30, 2021 at 13:58

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