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Can you ID this evergreen?

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Can you ID this evergreen?

Believe it is a spruce tree but I wouldn't mind knowing exactly what kind it is as I need to prune it, its creeping onto the walk way. Thanks!
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Blue Spruce
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_spruce

https://www.thespruce.com/can-you-prune ... es-1403323

It’s too late now to prune a Spruce Tree
These need to be done EARLY Spring

And remember, whatever you cut off an evergreen ... doesnt regrow
So it’s too easy for things to go wrong

Spruce trees, have a gorgeous shape
IMO they should be just left alone to do their thing

Biggest mistake people make with evergreens ...
is not locating them well on a lot to take into account how HUGE they grow to in maturity
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Thank you Person With Folded Hands

And you are right, definitely when they planted this one they didn’t think it fully through as they put a lot of other items so close to it that’s it overshadowed them.

Thanks again for the ID, now I can at least read more up on it.
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We have one that's about 10 feet tall now, they are beautiful.
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I have one in the front yard and it's 25-30 feet tall. The landscapers wanted to place it 10 feet from our living room window and I would have none of it. Moved it over at least 10 feet and that's even getting close these days (it's 16-18 feet wide).
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Hi,

I'm also in the same situation and thought I'd post in this thread rather than make a new one. Wondering what's the best way to prune/trim these?

Thanks!
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PointsHubby wrote: Blue Spruce
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_spruce

https://www.thespruce.com/can-you-prune ... es-1403323

It’s too late now to prune a Spruce Tree
These need to be done EARLY Spring

And remember, whatever you cut off an evergreen ... doesnt regrow
So it’s too easy for things to go wrong

Spruce trees, have a gorgeous shape
IMO they should be just left alone to do their thing

Biggest mistake people make with evergreens ...
is not locating them well on a lot to take into account how HUGE they grow to in maturity
It's not too late to prune if she prunes it before buds form for next years growth.

The Spruce article does mention that it is okay to prune while the current year's growth is emerging. That's exactly the stage her tree is currently in.

Our weather is also slightly behind this year.
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PointsHubby wrote: Biggest mistake people make with evergreens ...
is not locating them well on a lot to take into account how HUGE they grow to in maturity
The original owners of our house put a blue spruce about 10 feet from our front porch, and a maple tree 10 feet in front of that.

It was so big (30+ feet) when we bought the house, that I didn't even notice the maple tree.
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Before you rush into projecting what it's mature size will be, please know that NOBODY can identify which cultivar this spruce is from the pictures you've posted - other than to say that it's a spruce and has blue foliage. There are tons of varieties of blue spruces that range from tall and narrow to tall and wide, to 10' at maturity to dwarf varieties. What you do with it depends on what this is. Yes, you can keep pruning it back but identifying the cultivar might be helpful as it might just have been the wrong variety planted for the space.

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