We sometimes forget “what it was like not to know”, when it comes to plant identification. Yet, it is essential when it comes to selecting and maintenance of plants. A simple misidentification of a pine vs. a spruce can result in improper pruning timing or improper diagnostics, prognostics, and recommended management for a disease: Diplodia tip blight of pine and Cytospora canker of spruce are different diseases, obviously on different –plants. And spruces do not have “pine cones”.
So, teach your employees, and your customers, well. Pines have needles in bundles of 2, 3,or 5. Spruces and firs and hemlocks have needles singly attached to twigs. And there are no spruce pines or hemlock pines. Pictured here is simply a hemlock (with singly attached needles) onto which a two-needled pine cluster has fallen, and additional pictures of a 5-needled pine and a spruceMore to come on your BYGL Plant ID features throughout the season.