I went to a nursery over the weekend and purchased a golden colored pine tree. The nursery was calling them Fluffy Trees (picture below). This tree name really makes me laugh and smile but I am having a hard time believing that is what it is actually called. In fact I went online and found that the name could be Wate's Golden Pine. Would someone be able to identify this tree and confirm if the word Fluffy is appropriately associated with this specie of tree?

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  • Isn't there a tag on the trunk telling you exactly what it is? Or is the nursery just selling "fluffy trees". Commented Jun 23, 2020 at 7:34
  • I would assume the shop just has a descriptive tag, rather than trying to imply they are called "fluffy trees"
    – Rory Alsop
    Commented Jun 25, 2020 at 11:26

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What you have there is almost certainly a variety of Chameacyparis lawsoniana. These trees are characterized by the flattened scale-like leaves in a fairly dense branching cluster. Wate's golden pine is a Pinus species, all of which have needles for leaves, like you might see on a classic christmas tree.

As to which variety it is - there are lots of them, some of them are yellow (it'll turn green in the middle, retaining yellow on the new foliage), so I can't tell from a photo, and for some it takes some aging to see the true colours and size come through.

I have never heard of them called "Fluffy" trees before, though the foliage is described as fluffy by a few places, based on a quick google search.

  • thank you again for the informative answer! Commented Jun 23, 2020 at 12:32

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