Need help identifying this evergreen....PLEASE:)

We live in Key West Florida and just recently purchased a vacation home in North Carolina. Although, being a retired military family, we lived in Virgina for years as well as other "up South" states, we never came across this species of evergreen....and they definitely can't be found "down South"! Can anyone help us identify this unique beauty?
q need help identifying this evergreen please
  25 answers
  • Daisy Boyd Daisy Boyd on Mar 17, 2017

  • Kim Kim on Mar 17, 2017
    Appears to be a pine tree....(Christmas Tree).. rub your hand along the branch, your hand will smell of pine..

  • Kim Kim on Mar 17, 2017
    By the way it's very out of shape, do some pruning ...

  • Maryse Maryse on Mar 17, 2017
    go to this site and send your picture - the experts in north carolina

    • Eli12424059 Eli12424059 on Mar 17, 2017
      Thank you, Maryse. I'm awaiting a response and, when I receive it, I'll share! This site will be kept close at hand to answer the myriad of questions I'm sure we'll have.
      Your input is greatly appreciated

  • Prelude Prelude on Mar 17, 2017
    It does look like a Deodora. I wouldn't prune it until you get a definite identification.

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    • A A on Mar 19, 2017
      I agree with elizabethcurrie19, especially if you've never pruned any type of evergreen coniferous tree/shrub. They can be damaged easily if you prune incorrectly.

  • Tan1781564 Tan1781564 on Mar 18, 2017
    Looks like balsam- I have those along my shoreline and I prune a foot up to allow air circulation -

    • Eli12424059 Eli12424059 on Mar 18, 2017
      Good morning....thanks for your input. The jury is still out on her DNA, however, if she IS a Balsam, we'll follow your lead and give her some breathing room! More when we hear....

  • Val McConachie Val McConachie on Mar 18, 2017
    It isn't a Deodora, they are a hedging evergreen. I believe it is a pine tree.

  • Landsharkinnc Landsharkinnc on Mar 19, 2017
    one of the hemlock varieties I think - not a deodora, which was my first impression from the smaller photo -- but not the right color, nor branching style

  • Teresa Teresa on Mar 19, 2017
    I believe it is an eastern white pine. The needles and bark match when I blew up the photo. They should not be pruned and confirm tot he angle of any slope. They are beautiful trees!

  • Can't wait to hear the verdict! It is a darn beautiful tree! My girlfriend in Asheville has a variety of pine, but yours looks prettier!

  • Peggy Carroll Peggy Carroll on Mar 19, 2017
    Looks like a spruce evergreen. Do not believe you prune a spruce???

  • Debbie West Debbie West on Mar 20, 2017
    I'm guessing a white spruce....can't wait to see what she really is. Keep us posted Thanks.....

  • Rory McBean Rory McBean on Mar 20, 2017
    I live in NC, and this tree may be a Long-Leaf Pine.

  • Charlene Coker Ray Charlene Coker Ray on Mar 20, 2017
    Blue spruce

  • Als15229409 Als15229409 on Mar 20, 2017
    it is hard to tell from the photo but definitely not a pine or hemlock it would be a balsam or in the spruce family

  • Patty Patty on Mar 20, 2017
    There are so many variety's of this type of tree I wouldn't want to guess. I'm pretty sure it isn't a white pine, I have a white pine and it looks nothing like this beauty. I can't wait to find out what it is. One thing for sure it is thriving and I would leave well enough alone.

  • Eli12424059 Eli12424059 on Mar 20, 2017
    The wait is over, ladies and gentlemen! Silas Brown of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service whom I found through your recommendation, Maryse, says....
    "Yes, this is a SPRUCE....don't know the variety but it looks like a COLORADO BLUE SPRUCE". Not wanting to question the professionals, I'm passing this information on knowing full well the jury may still be out! We'll continue to investigate this when we arrive in Franklin, providing a sample for a hands and eyes on examination.
    I'll pass on our next findings, even if they should be duplicated! Thank you all for your input.

  • Ann21380324 Ann21380324 on Mar 21, 2017
    Spruce it is; hemlocks have longer softer needles; white pines are much taller;
    I would not prune the tree; esp. not the back lower branches; these help the tree;
    if the tree is leaning; call the tree "the leaning NC Spruce"; do not move the Tree;

  • Eli12424059 Eli12424059 on Mar 21, 2017
    Thank you for your input. Rest assured, this unique beauty will not be pruned nor moved....nor will her identical sister🙃 Yes, we're lucky enough to have two!
    Love your proposed name....both of the trees are actually growing straight as straight can be....on the side of the mountain!

  • Jerry Jerry on Mar 21, 2017
    it is a fir,but hard for me to see ,for sure what family,it could be some thing like the Deodora. It is not any kind of pine,needles are way to short for a pine!

  • Ron Maxson Ron Maxson on Mar 21, 2017
    It is a blue spruce. Do not prune it.

  • Sharon Sam Franzen Sharon Sam Franzen on Mar 21, 2017
    I agree with Ron it's a Blue Spruce . Pine trees have long needles and balsam needles are flat and smell like balsam when you rub them between your fingers. I will be watching to see what the dna results are ,

  • Danielle Odin Danielle Odin on Mar 21, 2017
    It looks like a redwood. If it is don't trample the root zone as they are very shallow rooted and just the walking on the root area will severely damage it, if not kill it.

  • Joe Cunningham Joe Cunningham on Mar 22, 2017

  • Kerry Turks Lewis Kerry Turks Lewis on Mar 22, 2017
    Spruce or fir. Take a clipping to a local nursery. They could help identify...