Recommended site for IDing a tree

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by JoPaKent, Jan 17, 2004.

  1. JoPaKent

    JoPaKent LawnSite Member
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    I'm considering removing a tree that's blocking all of the light from a client's back yard. From a distance, I thought it was a cedar, or more precisely, Western Red Cedar (WRC). But on closer inspection, I noticed that it's a bit different from neighboring WRCs and that there are a number of other trees just like it in the neighborhood.

    Compared to the WRCs, these trees have paler foliage, and the branches are about 50% shorter. That is, the 50 foot WRC seem to have branches extending about 15 feet out from the base, while the base branches on one of these trees are only 8 - 10 feet out from the base. I think the bark may be a bit paler as well.

    Is there an online resource you can point me to that would help me figure out what these trees are? For that matter, a site with pix and descriptions of common landscaping plants would be really handy on a regular basis. Is there such a site out there somewhere?

    Thanx in advance,
     
  2. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
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    YES THERE IS!!!!!!

    If you have a camera just post the pic on here and im sure you will find out your answer. Im not aware of any sites online, i use books and cd-roms if i dont happen to know what a plant is.
     
  3. Critical Care

    Critical Care LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You're up here in the NW and so you may want to try the following sites:

    http://oregonstate.edu/dept/ldplants/
    http://cahedb.wsu.edu/nativePlant/scripts/webMain.asp

    When I worked with the OSU Master Gardener Dept. we would always check for e-mail. Normally I would suggest sending e-mail pics to them, but this time of the year there generally aren't any volunteers staffing the offices. Possibly a paid staff hortoculturist would check the e-mail.

    You can also do a search, let's say on Google, and type in "plant identification university". From that you'll get more schools with plant ID tools.
     
  4. Critical Care

    Critical Care LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Does it sound like this varity of western cedar?


    Thuja plicata ‘Zebrina’ Cupressaceae
    Zebrina (Western Red) Cedar or Arborvitae THEW-ya pli-KHA-ta

    Conifer, evergreen tree, 40 ft (14 m) at maturity, broad, upright. Foliage "zebra-like", yellow striped, later more white striped.
    Sun to partial shade.
    Hardy to USDA Zone 7 Because of variable color, it has been assigned several names.

    zebra cedar.jpg
     
  5. JoPaKent

    JoPaKent LawnSite Member
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    I'll get out there with a camera tomorrow and compare it with these pix.

    Thanx
     
  6. newleaflandscape

    newleaflandscape LawnSite Senior Member
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  7. JoPaKent

    JoPaKent LawnSite Member
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    I snapped a few pix (cedar tip, cedar trunk, & cedar profile) of the tree I'm trying to ID

    I also took one of what I've been calling a Western Red Cedar for comparison purposes.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  8. JoPaKent

    JoPaKent LawnSite Member
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    Here's another try. I made the picture smaller so it will upload.

    cedars.jpg
     
  9. newleaflandscape

    newleaflandscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    im guessin red cedar
     
  10. JoPaKent

    JoPaKent LawnSite Member
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    The picture in the lower right hand corner is what I've been calling a Western Red Cedar. Are you saying that the tree pictured in the other three is called simply a "Red Cedar?"

    Thanx
     

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