Trillium Ridge Flora and Fauna
Conifers - 7 species
Phylum/Division: Pinophyta (Conifers)
Kingdom: Plantae (Plants)
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Mugo Pine
Pinus mugo
By driveway, but about to move.
Mugo Pine is a high-altitude European pine, found in the Pyrenees, Alps, Erzgebirge, Carpathians, northern Apennines and Balkan Peninsula mountains. An old name for the species Pinus montana is still occasionally seen, and a typographical error "mugho" (first made in a prominent 18th century encyclopedia) is still repeated surprisingly often. Widely used in landscaping in US.
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Genus: Pinus (pines)
Family: Pinaceae (pines)
Order: Pinales (pines)
Class: Pinopsida (Conifers)
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White Pine
Pinus strobus
Five in front yard; one north side by kitchen window
The Eastern White Pine has the distinction of being the tallest tree in eastern North America. White pine forests originally covered much of northeastern North America, though only one percent of the original trees remain untouched by extensive logging operations in the 1700s and 1800s. Second link shows the planting of our 'pine forest'.
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Genus: Pinus (pines)
Family: Pinaceae (pines)
Order: Pinales (pines)
Class: Pinopsida (Conifers)
Norway Spruce
Picea abies
North edge, front - 2 specimens
The Norway Spruce grows throughout Europe from Norway in the northwest and Poland eastward, and also in the mountains of central Europe, southwest to the western end of the Alps, and southeast in the Carpathians and Balkans to the extreme north of Greece.
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Genus: Picea (spruce)
Family: Pinaceae (pines)
Order: Pinales (pines)
Class: Pinopsida (Conifers)
Colorado Blue Spruce
Picea pungens
North edge, midway
Vbrant silver-blue, blue, or blue-green needles are the highlight and near-uniqueness of this stately, upright pyramidal evergreen tree. Maturing at 50' tall by 20' wide. Oldest known specimen is 600 years old.
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Genus: Picea (spruce)
Family: Pinaceae (pines)
Order: Pinales (pines)
Class: Pinopsida (Conifers)
Dwarf Alberta Spruce
Picea glauca
back yard, south side by fence
Dwarf Alberta Spruce is a naturally occurring dwarf form of the alberta white spruce. Dwarf Alberta spruce trees may eventually reach 12' in height, but only over a long period of time (growing just 2"-4" per year). They have a classic "Christmas tree" shape. The green needles have a tight, densely-packed growth habit that gives dwarf Alberta spruce trees a "fuzzy" look.
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Genus: Picea (spruce)
Family: Pinaceae (pines)
Order: Pinales (pines)
Class: Pinopsida (Conifers)
Canadian Yew
Taxus canadensis
North edge, with white pine and blue spruce (7)
A conifer native to central and eastern North America, thriving in swampy woods, ravines, riverbanks and on lake shores. Locally called simply "Yew", this species is also referred to as American Yew or Ground-hemlock. Most of its range is well north of the Ohio River. The seeds are eaten by thrushes, waxwings and other birds, which disperse the hard seeds undamaged in their droppings.
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Genus: Taxus (yews)
Family: Taxaceae (yews)
Order: Pinales (pines)
Class: Pinopsida (Conifers)
Thuja Green Giant
(Hybrid) Thuja plicata/standishii
North side front yard property line screen
Thuja Green Giant Arborvitae is a rare Hybrid cross between: Thuja plicata (Western Red Cedar) Thuja standishii (Japanese Arborvitae)
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Genus: Thuja (arborvitae)
Family: Cupressaceae (cyprus)
Order: Pinales (pines)
Class: Pinopsida (Conifers)

Index:
Mugo Pine White Pine Norway Spruce Colorado Blue Spruce Dwarf Alberta Spruce Canadian Yew Thuja Green Giant