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  1. juliann

    juliann ArboristSite Lurker

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    I moved to a house in Portland, Oregon that contains 3 large (~30ft) trees in the backyard and I'm having a really hard time identifying them based on the needles and comparing to photos online. Can anyone help? Various photos are attached below.

    Thanks so much for your help!

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    Did you consider Western Larch? It has a larchy look to it.
     
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    Looks like blue atlas cedar.
     
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    According to the internet, the Western Larch turns yellow then drops it's needles in Fall/Winter. It's not doing that, so I guess it's not a Western Larch. Thanks though!
     
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    The bark on the bole of the tree makes me think something in the fir family.
     
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    Maybe it is a Blue Atlas Cedar! I'm comparing to photos online and I still don't feel 100% certain. The needles and branches vary so much from the trunk to the tip... it's hard to tell and know what to look for. Thanks for the tip, I'll keep reading about them!
     
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    But wait--I think we're dealing with two different trees here, no? The first three pics look like a pine. The later ones like a fir.
     
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    All the photos are of the same tree! :)
     
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    3 trees actually (just read your post carefully). The first three pics, pine--but there are countless varieties of pine. Start by counting the # of needles in each spray, measure their ave. length, then factor in your area, and several other things.

    Pics 4 & 5 make me think hemlock, but I'm quite weak on that sort of thing.

    The last few smell like fir.
     
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    Yeah, just write me off on this one.
     
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    Sorry if that was confusing: to clarify... there are 3 trees of the same type. I took close-up photos of just 1 individual tree.
    I'm looking at the Cedrus Deodara (Himalayan Cedar) and that seems like it's a possible match... as well as the Blue Atlas Cedar. Maybe it's a Cedar!!??!!
     
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