Quiz: Can You Identify These Landscape Evergreens?

Everyone close your books and take out a sheet of paper. It’s quiz time. Remember when teachers told us exams and quizzes were for our own good because they helped us learn? Well, it didn’t always feel like it at the time, as I recall. Sometimes it felt more like teachers were having a bad day and wanted to spread the pleasure.

It’s important to know the identify of evergreens in our landscapes. For example, if an evergreen has a problem, and we want to investigate a solution, it won’t help much by generically referring to them as “pines” or “evergreens.” The identity of the specific type is important, and that’s the first step in seeking information about them.

Here is a quiz to help learn the evergreen types commonly found in the Upper Midwest. Answers are given at the end. Here is a word-bank from which to choose. Most names are used more than once. (I hated it when teachers did this, but in this case some photos show the up-close foliage and others show the overall evergreen shape of the same type.)

Word bank: Yew, Juniper, Mugho Pine, Ponderosa Pine, Scotch Pine, Black Hills Spruce, Colorado Blue Spruce, Arborvitae.

Good luck. Some of them are a little tricky. Clicking on individual photos will enlarge them, if you need, and then hitting the “back” arrow will return to the quiz in most screens.

 

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Answers:

  1. Arborvitae (pyramidal)
  2. Scotch Pine
  3. Scotch Pine
  4. Ponderosa Pine
  5. Ponderosa Pine
  6. Colorado Blue Spruce
  7. Colorado Blue Spruce
  8. Black Hills Spruce
  9. Black Hills Spruce
  10. Arborvitae
  11. Arborvitae (globe)
  12. Mugho Pine
  13. Yew
  14. Yew
  15. Juniper
  16. Juniper (spreading or creeping)
  17. Juniper (pyramidal)

Well there; gardening quizzes are much more fun than school-time exams. I hope you did well. Happy Gardening!

 

 

 

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