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Looks like Yew , Taxus baccata, rather than a spruce
I've just looked at other identifications for Spruce and have now realised Im way off with my original identification. I didnt think it was a Yew because the the bark seems so dark and had a reddish colour?
Woops, a bit embarrassing obviously not a Spruce due to habitat... I find it a little more confusing and tricky to identify the trees with leaves that are needle-like or scale-like. Also when theres no fruit on the tree the Yew is not so straight forward for me to identify. Thanks for the help. I must edit the identification.
Reddish bark is a characteristic of Yew and the wood is quite red when freshly cut. It is a very open and sparse looking specimen but it is showing typical sending out of new shoots from the trunk, near the base in this case. Yew tolerates being cut back or having branches removed and responds by forming new shoots below the cut
Thank you Paul, by your description then it must definately be Yew. I had seen another Taxus Baccata and the appearance was different so I was unsure.
Lat/Lng: 51.9, -8.6
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